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Howship's lacuna

noun How·ship's lacuna \ ˈhau̇-ˌships- \

medical Definition of Howship's lacuna

:a groove or cavity usually containing osteoclasts that occurs in bone which is undergoing reabsorption

Biographical Note for howship's lacuna

  • Howship, John (1781–1841), British anatomist. Howship was a surgeon at St. George's and Charing Cross hospitals in London. In 1820 he published a treatise on the natural and pathological anatomy of bones. In this work he described the bone pits or cavities now known as Howship's lacunae.

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