Medical Dictionary

Howship's lacuna

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

Medical Definition of Howship's lacuna

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

Biographical Note for howship's lacuna




(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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