Osteocytes and the Bone Matrix

Osteocytes are bone cells  that sit within chambers called lacuna.   Lacuna are connective via tine canals called canaliculi and form concentric circles around a central haversian canal.   This coloring worksheet may help with your understanding of these relationships.

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It can be very difficult to develop a mental map of all of these structures.    Imagine the lacuna is a space holding the osteocyte and your fingers are the canaliculi.  If you have friends, you can model multiple osteocytes and the circular arrangement of the lamella, as shown below.

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