The Following Steps Occur During This Development ( Figure 1)

The Following Steps Occur During This Development ( Figure 1)

Lec. 8 Histology
Bone Development
Bone appears in the 6-week-old embryo and growth of bone continues till about 25 years old. Bone formation may still occur but involves remodeling. The process of bone formation is called ossification. There are two types of ossification: intramembranous ossification and endochondral ossification .

1- Intramembranous Ossification:

Intramembranous ossification is the process of bone development from mesenchyme or fibrous connective tissue, example, is the flat bones of the skull.

The following steps occur during this development ( Figure 1) :

  1. Development of ossification Center
  2. Calcification
  3. Formation of Trabeculae
  4. Development of Periosteum and Formation of Compact Bone


Figure 1: Intramembranous Ossification

2- Endochondral Ossification

Endochondral ossification is the process of bone development from hyaline cartilage , examples are long bones of the limbs, basal bones of the skull, vertebral column and ribs.

The following steps occur during this development (Figure 2) :

  1. Development of the cartilage model
  2. Growth of the cartilage model
  3. Development of the primary ossification center
  4. Development of marrow cavity
  5. Development of the secondary ossification center
  6. Formation of the articular cartilage and epiphyseal plate

Figure 2 : Endochondral ossification

  • Growth in length

The epiphyseal plate is the area of growth in a long bone. It is a layer of hyaline cartilage where ossification occurs in immature bones. The epiphyseal plate is composed of 5 zones of cells and activity (Figure 3).

1. Zone of reserve or resting cartilage : It consists of small chondrocytes. These chondrocytes do not participate in bone growth.

2. Zone of proliferation : The chondrocytes undergo cell division and arrange themselves in distinct columns that are parallel to the direction of growth.

3. Zone of hypertrophy : Chondrocytes in this zone stop dividing and undergo growth in size.

4. Zone of calcification : Chondrocytes are mainly dead here because the extracellular matrix has calcified.

5. Zone of ossification : Osteoclasts digest the calcified cartilage , and osteoblasts replace it with bone tissue.

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Figure 3: Zones of Growth in Epiphyseal Plate

Bones continue to grow in length until early adulthood. The rate of growth is controlled by hormones. When the chondrocytes in the epiphyseal plate cease their proliferation and bone replaces the cartilage, longitudinal growth stops. All that remains of the epiphyseal plate is the epiphyseal line.

  • Growth in Width

The diameter of bone increases by appositional growth. Osteoblasts in the cellular layer of the periosteum produce new bone tissue beneath the periosteum. At the same time, osteoclasts on the interior surface resorb bone and widen the marrow cavity. The final result is an increase in both the diameter and marrow cavity of the bone.