USMLE

Osteocytes

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Musculoskeletal
  1. Osteoblasts
  2. Osteoclasts
  3. Osteocytes
  4. Spongy Bone
  5. Compact Bone
  6. Bone Structure
  7. Cartilage
  8. Joints
  9. Type 1 vs. Type 2 Muscle Fibers

Summary

Osteocytes are a type of cell derived from osteoblasts. They help maintain bone by communicating with other bone cells and exchanging nutrients and waste materials with the blood.

Key Points

  • Osteocytes
    • Communicate with other bone cells to help maintain bone
    • Exchange nutrients and waste materials with blood through Haversian and Volkmann’s canals