periosteum

noun
peri·os·te·um | \ˌper-ē-ˈä-stē-əm \
plural periostea\ˌper-ē-ˈä-stē-ə \

Definition of periosteum 

: the membrane of connective tissue that closely invests all bones except at the articular surfaces

First Known Use of periosteum

1574, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for periosteum

New Latin, from Late Latin periosteon, from Greek, neuter of periosteos around the bone, from peri- + osteon bone — more at osseous

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about periosteum

Share periosteum

Statistics for periosteum

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for periosteum

The first known use of periosteum was in 1574

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for periosteum

periosteum

noun
peri·os·te·um | \-tē-əm \
plural -tea\-tē-ə \

Medical Definition of periosteum 

: the membrane of connective tissue that closely invests all bones except at the articular surfaces

More from Merriam-Webster on periosteum

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about periosteum

Comments on periosteum

What made you want to look up periosteum? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!