osteocyte


osteocyte

noun Cell Biology.

  1. a cell of osseous tissue within the bone matrix; a bone cell.

n.

  1. A branched cell embedded in the matrix of bone tissue.

  1. A cell characteristic of mature bone tissue. It is derived from osteoblasts and embedded in the calcified matrix of bone. Osteocytes are found in small, round cavities called lacunae and have thin, cytoplasmic branches.

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