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[ree-kan-l-uh-zey-shuh n, ree-kuh-nal-]
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noun Surgery.
  1. the reopening of a previously occluded passageway within a blood vessel.

Origin of recanalization

First recorded in 1950–55; re- + canalize + -ation
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recanalization in Medicine


  1. The restoration of the lumen of a blood vessel following thrombotic occlusion by restoration of the channel or by the formation of new channels.
  2. Spontaneous restoration of the lumen of an occluded duct or tube.
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