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Module 7: Figure bone structure

Structural organization of bone and bone cells.

A small section of compact bone illustrates the microarchitecture of bone, which is composed of osteons where the three major bone cell types are located. The osteoblasts (green) and the osteoclasts (pink) line the surfaces of the osteons, whereas the osteocytes (blue) are embedded within the bone matrix. The white box indicates the close structural relationship that exists between the bone cells as illustrated in more detail in Module 7: Figure bone cells.