[kan-l-ik-yuh-luh s]
noun, plural can·a·lic·u·li [kan-l-ik-yuh-lahy] /ˌkæn lˈɪk yəˌlaɪ/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. a small canal or tubular passage, as in bone.

Origin of canaliculus

1555–65; < Latin, equivalent to canāli(s) canal + -culus -cule1
Related formscan·a·lic·u·lar, can·a·lic·u·late [kan-l-ik-yuh-lit, -yuh-leyt] /ˌkæn lˈɪk yə lɪt, -yəˌleɪt/, can·a·lic·u·lat·ed, adjectivecan·a·lic·u·la·tion [kan-l-ik-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌkæn lˌɪk yəˈleɪ ʃən/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for canaliculus


noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
  1. a small channel, furrow, or groove, as in some bones and parts of plants
Derived Formscanalicular, canaliculate (ˌkænəˈlɪkjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt) or canaliculated, adjective

Word Origin for canaliculus

C16: from Latin: a little channel, from canālis canal
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canaliculus in Medicine


n. pl. can•a•lic•u•li (-lī′)
  1. A small canal or duct in the body, as one of the minute channels in compact bone.
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