Sharpey, William

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Sharpey, William

Scottish physiologist, 1802–1880.

Sharpey's fibers

The fibers forming the lamellae constituting the walls of the haversian canals in bone.

Sharpey's perforating fibers

1. The fibers extending from the periosteum into the lamellae of bone.
2. The fibers extending from the periodontal ligament into the cementum of a tooth.


William, Scottish physiologist and histologist, 1802-1880.
Sharpey fibers - bundles of collagenous fibers that pass into the outer circumferential lamellae of bone or the cementum of teeth. Synonym(s): perforating fibers