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[kan-suh-leyt, -lit]
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  1. Anatomy. of spongy or porous structure, as bone.
  2. reticulate.
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Also can·cel·lat·ed [kan-suh-ley-tid] /ˈkæn səˌleɪ tɪd/.

Origin of cancellate

From the Latin word cancellātus, dating back to 1655–65. See cancel, -ate1
Related formssub·can·cel·late, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cancellate


cancellous (ˈkænsɪləs) or cancellated

  1. anatomy having a spongy or porous internal structurecancellate bones
  2. botany forming a network; reticulatea cancellate venation
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin cancellāre to make like a lattice; see cancel
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