Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Bone Remodeling

Normal process in which bone tissue deposition and resorption occur simultaneously, controlled mainly by endocrin factors emitted by osteoclasts and osteoblasts. Bony tissue is replaced throughout life (10% annually); those bones that bear weight have a higher rate of bone remodeling. Bone remodeling can add bony tissue in the form of various muscle markings when tension is applied to that part of the skeleton and is the process that heals fractured bones. Osteoporosis is a form of abnormal bone remodeling.

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