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The periosteum is an envelope of fibrous connective tissue that is wrapped around the bone in all places except at joints (which are protected by cartilage). As opposed to bone itself, it has nociceptive nerve endings, making it very sensitive to manipulation. The periosteum is connected to the bone by strong collagenous fibres called Sharpey's fibres, which extend to the outer circumferential and interstitial lamellae of bone. The periosteum is osteogenetic, and thus plays a vital part in the healing of fractures.


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Periosteum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (139 words)
The periosteum is an envelope of fibrous connective tissue that is wrapped around the bone in all places except at joints (which are protected by cartilage).
The periosteum is connected to the bone by strong collagenous fibers called Sharpey's fibres, which extend to the outer circumferential and interstitial lamellae of bone.
The "pericranium" is the periosteum of the skull.
Medical Massage, pp. 80 - 84 (350 words)
In the diaphysises of long bones, the periosteum has a thickness of about 2-3 millimeters, with a gradual decrease of thickness in the metaphysises and connecting to the cartilage in the epiphyses.
The periosteum is richly innervated and through it pass the blood vessels that feed the bone.
Abnormalities in the periosteum are represented either by local pain or by the changing structure of the periosteum.
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