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[kan-suh-leyt, -lit]
  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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Examples from the Web for cancellated

Historical Examples

  • The whole of the body whorl and commencement of the spire is cancellated.

    Zoological Illustrations, Volume I

    William Swainson

  • The marrow and cancellated tissue of the long bones may contain hemorrhages and soft gelatinous material or coagulated fibrin.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • They have a large medullary cavity, with dense but thin walls, with a fine 58 cancellated structure at their articular ends.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • The Basis generally has a thick, underlying, cancellated layer.

  • As the disease progresses, there is softening and enlarging of the cancellated tissue towards the centre of the bone.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

    Harry Caulton Reeks

British Dictionary definitions for cancellated


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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cancellated in Medicine


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