Anatomy and Embryology

, Volume 169, Issue 3, pp 231–236

The mandibular body of the human fetus

Histologic analysis of the basilar part
  • Michèle Goret-Nicaise
  • Antoine Dhem

DOI: 10.1007/BF00315628

Cite this article as:
Goret-Nicaise, M. & Dhem, A. Anat Embryol (1984) 169: 231. doi:10.1007/BF00315628


Histologic and microradiographic analyses of 47 human mandibles from 42 fetuses and 5 neonates have been carried out to study the development of the mandibular body. This not only entails woven bone formation along Meckel's eartilage but also endochondral ossification in the condylar cartilage, the pillars of which are included in the posterior part of the mandibular body. Progressively, woven bone is replaced by lamellar bone, and typical Haversian system are already present at the fifth month of fetal life. This early occurrence of bone remodelling is related to the fact that the mandible is subjected to intense activity from sucking and swallowing.

Key words

Mandibular bodyGrowthHuman fetusHaverstan remodelling

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michèle Goret-Nicaise
    • 1
  • Antoine Dhem
    • 1
  1. 1.Unite d'Anatomie humaine (5240)Faculté de Médecine UCLBrusselsBelgium