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.
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A nutrient canal feeding the femur seen on X-ray
Identifiers
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.

References[edit]

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.