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Wolff's law and the problem of muscle attachment on resorptive surfaces of bone†
Version of Record online: 7 JUN 2005
Copyright © 1966 Wiley-Liss, Inc., A Wiley Company
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 205–213, March 1966
How to Cite
Hoyte, D. A. N. and Enlow, D. H. (1966), Wolff's law and the problem of muscle attachment on resorptive surfaces of bone. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 24: 205–213. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.1330240209
- Issue online: 7 JUN 2005
- Version of Record online: 7 JUN 2005
During the growth of a bone, outer (periosteal) surfaces in many areas undergo normal remodeling processes involving resorptive removal. Attachments of muscles commonly occur on such outer resorptive surfaces. The cortex in these regions grows in an inward direction by bone deposition on endosteal surfaces. In some areas of a bone, a portion of a muscle can be inserted onto a depository surface, but other parts of the same muscle may be attached onto an adjacent resorptive surface. It has been generally assumed that the pull of a muscle acts to directly stimulate deposition of new bone, and that attachments of muscle are thereby responsible for determining the gross morphology of a whole bone. In view of the foregoing considerations, a re-evaluation and an expansion of this concept is now needed. Muscle pull, in many regions of a bone, can be associated with normal cortical recession (involving surface resorption) as well as with outward bone deposition.