canalization

[ kuh-nal-uh-zey-shuhn, kan-l- ]
/ kəˌnæl əˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌkæn l- /

noun

the formation of canals; the act of canalizing.
Biology. the development of an organism along relatively predictable pathways despite abnormality or injury.

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Origin of canalization

First recorded in 1840–50; canalize + -ation
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Medical definitions for canalization

canalization
[ kăn′ə-lĭ-zāshən ]

n.

The formation of canals or channels in tissue.
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