Highlighted in blue are the cement lines which mark the boundaries of present and former osteons.
Each osteon consists of parallel, concentric lamellae surrounding a Haversian canal.
These lines indicate the shape of the surface upon which osteoblasts began laying down fresh lamellae after osteoclasts had excavated a channel throught the bone.
The patterns of lamellae reflect the history of bone remodelling. Osteons with complete concentric lamellae are the most recently formed. Other lamellae, which terminate abruptly against a cement line, are the fragmentary remains of former osteons that have been partially removed and replaced during remodelling.
- Number 1 indicates a recently formed osteon.
- Number 2 indicates a somewhat older osteon, as demonstrated by the encroachment of osteon 1.
- Number 3 indicates interstitial lamellae, representing the remnants of still older osteons.
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Osteons Lacunae and canaliculi
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