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osteocyte

Pronunciation: os'te-o-sit'

Definition: 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.

Synonym(s): bone cell, bone corpuscle, osseous cell

[osteo- + G. kytos, cell]

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