Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A branched cell embedded in the matrix of bone tissue.

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  • noun cytology A mature bone cell involved with the maintenance of bone.

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  • noun mature bone cell

Etymologies

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From osteo- ("bone") + -cyte ("cell")

Examples

  • Projections of the canaliculi wall, attached to the osteocyte at an integrin protein, may also participate in amplifying and transmitting the signal.

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  • "In the field of bone biology, there was a long-standing debate as to which part of the osteocyte senses mechanical loading.

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