long, short, flat, irregular
The four basic shapes of bone are
are those that are longer than they are wide. Nearly all bones in the limbs are this shape.
The ends of the long bones are called
shaft of long bones is called the
are cube-shaped. Many of the bones in the feet are this shape.
are thin and flat with cancellous bone between two thin plates of compact bone.
are simply those whose shapes don't fit any of the previous categories or have characteristics of more than one of the shape categories. An example is the patella bone that makes up the kneecap.
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