Osteoblast: Definition, Function & Differentiation


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Which of the following cells does NOT function to make, remodel or maintain bone?

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1. Which of the following would happen when the activities/functions of an osteoblast increase?

2. Which of the following is NOT produced and released by osteoblasts?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Your ability to differentiate between osteoblasts and the other types of bone cells will be assessed in this quiz and worksheet combination. Practice questions examine how osteoblasts make bone and possible results of when osteoblasts no longer function appropriately.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Assess your knowledge about bone formation, including:

  • Types of bone cells and their function
  • Increased osteoblast functioning
  • Products of osteoblasts
  • Proper order of the steps in osteoblast formation
  • What happens if osteoblasts no longer function appropriately

Skills Practiced

This assessment will test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about a decrease in osteoblast functioning in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast osteoblast, osteoclasts, and osteocytes
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about bone formation

Additional Learning

For a more thorough understanding on bone formation, please review this lesson titled Osteoblast: Definition, Function & Differentiation. This lesson covers:

  • Identifying bone cells
  • Explaining how osteoblasts make bone
  • How osteoblasts are created
  • The importance of balance in bone formation