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Section of a Vertebra in Rat (40x; H&E)

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The red arrow points to the osteoid, which is the organic matrix of bone that gets mineralized. The green arrow indicates an osteocyte occupying a space called the “lacuna,” whereas the blue arrow points to an osteoblast (immature bone cell). The yellow arrow points to a megakaryocyte within the bone marrow, which disintegrates to produce platelets.

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