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Sharpey's fibers

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Bone is the basic unit of the human skeletal system.

Sharpey's fibers, also known as perforating fibers or bone fibers, are bundles of collagen fibers which connect periosteum to bone. They originate in the periosteum and penetrate deeply into the bone matrix, anchoring the periosteum to the underlying bone. 

Some ligaments and tendons also contain Sharpey's fibers that connect them to bone, notably fibrous entheses in regions of substantial cortical bone. In teeth, the periodontal ligament contains Sharpey's fibers that anchor the ligament to the cementum and alveolar bone.

Terminology English: Perforating collagen fibre bundles
Latin: Fasciculi collageni perforantes
Synonyms: Bone fibers, Perforating fibers, Sharpey's fibers,
Definition Thick collagen fiber bundles that connect periosteum to bone

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