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Intramembranous bone is bone that forms within the primitive connective tissue of the body. In the human skeleton this type of bone is found among certain bones of the skull. It is characterized by a core of spongy bone surrounded by thin plates of compact bone. It develops by deposition of thin spicules of bone matrix, called trabeculae, amidst the vascular networks of the connective tissue. These trabeculae eventually experience a secondary remodeling that creates a more highly ordered lamellar bone.
Intra is the Latin term meaning within. Membrane comes from the Latin word membrana that originally referred to the skin covering a part of the body.