Section of Bone

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A small piece of bone, ground very thin and highly magnified. “If a bit of bone is still more magnified we find that very small cavities called lacunae lie between the lamelae; from each lacuna radiate many extremely fine tubes, the canaliculi, so that it looks like a small animal with a great many legs. The innermost canaliculi open into the Haversian canal of the system to which they belong, and those of various lacunae communicate with one another, so that a set of passages is provided through which liquid which transudes from the blood vessel in the Haversian canal can ooze through the bone.” —Newell, 1900.


Martin, H. Newell The Human Body: A Text-book of Anatomy, Physiology and Hygiene (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1900) 41


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