Total number of osteocytes within the average adult human skeleton

Range ~4.2E+10 Table - link osteocytes
Organism Human Homo sapiens
Reference Buenzli PR, Sims NA. Quantifying the osteocyte network in the human skeleton. Bone. 2015 Jun75: 144-50. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2015.02.016. abstract & p.146 table 3PubMed ID25708054
Primary Source See refs beneath table
Method Abstract:"[Investigators] have used data from recent papers obtained by new imaging techniques, in order to estimate absolute and relative quantities of the human osteocyte network and form a more complete understanding of the extent and nature of this network."
Comments Abstract:"[Investigators] estimate that the total number of osteocytes within the average adult human skeleton is ~42 billion and that the total number of osteocyte dendritic projections from these cells is ~3.7 trillion." p.148 left column top paragraph:"The total number of osteocytes in the human skeleton (42 billion) is in the same order of magnitude as previous estimates of the number of neurons in the brain (~86 billion [primary source 39 beneath table]), and the total length of dendritic processes in bone (175,000 km) falls in the same range as the total length of nerve fibres in the human brain (150,000–180,000 km) [primary source 40 beneath table] (Table 3). These cells are held within a total organ volume (1.75 L) that is larger than the average brain volume (1.2 L)."
Entered by Uri M
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