Nutrient canal

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Nutrient canal
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The blood supply to long bones, here with nutrient artery, vein and foramen labeled.
A nutrient canal feeding the femur seen on X-ray
TA A02.0.00.042
FMA 75378
Anatomical terminology

All bones possess larger or smaller foramina (openings) for the entrance of blood-vessels; these are known as the nutrient foramina, and are particularly large in the shafts of the larger long bones, where they lead into a nutrient canal, which extends into the medullary cavity.[1] The nutrient arteries along with veins pass through this canal. A nutrient canal is found in long bones, in the mandible [2] and in dental alveoli.[3] In long bones the nutrient canal is found in the shaft.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918) This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Sobotta's Anatomy.