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osteocyte

 [os´te-o-sīt″]
an osteoblast that has become embedded within the bone matrix, occupying a bone lacuna, and sending, through the canaliculi, cytoplasmic processes that connect with other osteocytes in developing bone.

os·te·o·cyte

(os'tē-ō-sīt'),
A cell of osseous tissue that occupies a lacuna and has cytoplasmic processes that extend into canaliculi and make contact by means of gap junctions with the processes of other osteocytes.
[osteo- + G. kytos, cell]

osteocyte

/os·teo·cyte/ (os´te-o-sīt″) an osteoblast that has become embedded within the bone matrix, occupying a bone lacuna and sending, through the canaliculi, slender cytoplasmic processes that make contact with processes of other osteocytes.

osteocyte

(ŏs′tē-ə-sīt′)
n.
A branched cell embedded in the matrix of bone tissue.

osteocyte

[os′tē·əsīt]
Etymology: Gk, osteon + kytos, cell
a bone cell; a mature osteoblast that has become embedded in the bone matrix. It occupies a small cavity and sends out protoplasmic projections that anastomose with those of other osteocytes to form a system of minute canals within the bone matrix. osteocytic, adj.

os·te·o·cyte

(os'tē-ō-sīt)
A cell of osseoustissue that occupies a lacuna and has cytoplasmic processes that extend into canaliculi and make contact with the processes of other osteocytes.
[osteo- + G. kytos, cell]

osteocyte

A bone cell.

os·te·o·cyte

(os'tē-ō-sīt)
Cell of osseous tissue that occupies a lacuna and has cytoplasmic processes that extend into canaliculi.
[osteo- + G. kytos, cell]

osteocyte

an osteoblast that has become embedded within the bone matrix, occupying a bone lacuna, and sending through canaliculi cytoplasmic processes that connect with other osteocytes in developing bone.

osteocyte-osteoblast pump
the interaction of osteocytes and osteoblasts, in response to parathyroid hormone, in moving calcium from the bone fluid to the extracellular fluid compartment.
surface osteocyte
a leaky barrier between cancellous and dense bone and lining the vascular channels in cortical bone. Called also resting osteoblast, inactive osteoblast.