[kan-suh-leyt, -lit]


Anatomy. of spongy or porous structure, as bone.

Nearby words

  1. canc.,
  2. cancan,
  3. cancel,
  4. cancel out,
  5. canceled check,
  6. cancellated,
  7. cancellation,
  8. cancellation law,
  9. cancellous,
  10. cancellous 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 formssub·can·cel·late, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cancellated


cancellous (ˈkænsɪləs) or cancellated


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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Medicine definitions for cancellated




Having an open, latticed, or porous structure, as in a bone.

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