A Note on the Histology of Cement Lines

  • L. Sokoloff


The so-called ‘cement line’ that demarcates the edge of osteones is a well-documented locus minoris resistentiae in cortical bone (Dempster and Coleman, 1961; Piekarski, 1970). Unlike certain other histological features of bones and joints, it has not received rigorous anatomical scrutiny. It seems worthwhile to call attention to the structure of the cement line in view of the mechanical importance attributed to it in promoting or arresting crack propagation.


Articular Cartilage Bone Matrix Ground Substance Amorphous Calcium Phosphate Cement Line 
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  • L. Sokoloff
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Experimental PathologyNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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