[ kan-suh-leyt, -lit ]
/ ˈkæn səˌleɪt, -lɪt /


Anatomy. of spongy or porous structure, as bone.
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 forms

sub·can·cel·late, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cancellate


cancellous (ˈkænsɪləs) or cancellated

/ (ˈkænsɪˌleɪt) /


anatomy having a spongy or porous internal structurecancellate bones
botany forming a network; reticulatea cancellate venation

Word Origin for cancellate

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