|Illustration of a section through long bone, with spongy bone in its center.|
|Microscopic view of spongy bone. Bone trabeculae appear red in this stain.|
|Latin||substantia spongiosa ossium|
|Gray's||subject #18 86|
Cancellous bone (also known as trabecular, or spongy) is a type of osseous tissue with a low density and strength but very high surface area, that fills the inner cavity of long bones. The external layer of Cancellous bone contains red bone marrow where the production of blood cellular components (known as hematopoiesis) takes place. Cancellous bone is also where most of the arteries and veins of bone organs are found.
The second type of osseous tissue is known as cortical bone, forming the hard outer layer of bone organs.
- Article with some info on spongy bone
- Histology image: 02601lba – Histology Learning System at Boston University - "Cartilage and Bone and Bone Histogenesis: trabecular, woven and lamellar bone"
- substantia+spongiosa at eMedicine Dictionary
- Histology at OU 69_02 - Femur