[ per-ee-os-tee-uh m ]
/ ˌpɛr iˈɒs ti əm /

noun, plural per·i·os·te·a [per-ee-os-tee-uh] /ˌpɛr iˈɒs ti ə/. Anatomy.

the normal investment of bone, consisting of a dense, fibrous outer layer, to which muscles attach, and a more delicate, inner layer capable of forming bone.

Origin of periosteum

1590–1600; < New Latin, variant of Late Latin periosteon, noun use of neuter of Greek periósteos around the bones. See peri-, osteo-
Related formsper·i·os·te·al, per·i·os·te·ous, adjectiveper·i·os·te·al·ly, adverbsub·per·i·os·te·al, adjectivesub·per·i·os·te·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for subperiosteal


/ (ˌpɛrɪˈɒstɪəm) /

noun plural -tea (-tɪə)

a thick fibrous two-layered membrane covering the surface of bones
Derived Formsperiosteal, adjective

Word Origin for periosteum

C16: New Latin, from Greek periosteon, from peri- + osteon bone
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Word Origin and History for subperiosteal



1590s, from Modern Latin periosteum, Late Latin periosteon, from Greek periosteon, neuter of periosteos "round the bones," from peri- (see peri-) + osteon (see osseous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for subperiosteal


[ pĕr′ē-ŏstē-əm ]

n. pl. per•i•os•te•a (-tē-ə)

The thick fibrous membrane covering the entire surface of a bone except its articular cartilage and serving as an attachment for muscles and tendons.
Related formsper′i•oste•al (-tē-əl) adj.
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