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lacuna

 [lah-ku´nah] (L.)
1. a small pit or hollow cavity.
2. a defect or gap, as in the field of vision (scotoma). adj., adj lacu´nar.
absorption lacuna resorption lacuna.
bone lacuna a small cavity within the bone matrix, containing an osteocyte, and from which slender canaliculi radiate and penetrate the adjacent lamellae to anastomose with the canaliculi of neighboring lacunae, thus forming a system of cavities interconnected by minute canals.
cartilage lacuna any of the small cavities within the cartilage matrix, containing a chondrocyte.
Howship's lacuna resorption lacuna.
intervillous lacuna one of the spaces of the placenta occupied by maternal blood, into which the fetal villi project.
osseous lacuna bone lacuna.
lacuna pharyn´gis a depression of the pharyngeal end of the eustachian tube.
resorption lacuna a pit or concavity found in bones undergoing resorption, frequently containing osteoclasts. Similar lacunae also may be found in eroding surfaces of cementum.

la·cu·na

, pl.

la·cu·nae

(lă-kū'nă, -kū'nē),
1. A small space, cavity, or depression.
2. A gap or defect.
3. An abnormal space between strata or between the cellular elements of the epidermis.
4. Synonym(s): corneal space
[L. a pit, dim. of lacus, a hollow, a lake]

lacuna

(lə-kyo͞o′nə, -ko͞o′-)
n. pl. lacu·nae (-nē) or lacu·nas
Anatomy A cavity, space, or depression, especially in a bone, containing cartilage or bone cells.

la·cu′nal adj.
Histology A small, hollow chamber that houses an osteocyte in mature bone tissue or a chondrocyte in cartilage tissue
Medspeak A small pit, cavity, defect or gap

la·cu·na

, pl. lacunae (lă-kū'nă, -nē)
1. [TA] A small space, cavity, or depression.
2. A gap or defect.
3. An abnormal space between strata or between the cellular elements of the epidermis.
4. Synonym(s): corneal space.

lacuna

Any empty space, missing part, cavity or depression.

lacuna

a cavity or depression, for example, one of many small spaces between the lamellae of bones that is occupied by individual bone cells. Small canals (canaliculi) radiate from the lacunae and in these are small protoplasmic processes which connect with the osteoblasts in other lacunae. see HAVERSIAN CANAL.

la·cu·na

, pl. lacunae (lă-kū'nă, -nē)
1. [TA] Small space, cavity, or depression.
2. Gap or defect.
3. Abnormal space between strata or between the cellular elements of the epidermis.