the membrane of tough, fibrous connective tissue covering all bones except at the joints
Origin of periosteumModern Latin ; from Classical Latin periosteon ; from Classical Greek ; from peri-, around + osteon, bone: see osteo-
The dense fibrous membrane covering the surface of bones except at the joints and serving as an attachment for muscles and tendons.
Origin of periosteumNew Latin, from Late Latin periosteon, from Greek, from periosteos, around the bone : peri-, peri- + osteon, bone; see ost- in Indo-European roots.
- per′i·os′te·al , per′i·os′te·ous
From Ancient Greek Ï€ÎµÏÎ¯ (peri, “about, around") + á½€ÏƒÏ„ÎÎ¿Î½ (osteon, “bone").