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[kan-suh-luh s]
adjective Anatomy.
  1. cancellate(def 1).
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Origin of cancellous

1830–40; < Latin cancell(us) lattice (see cancellus) + -ous
Related formssub·can·cel·lous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cancellous

Historical Examples

  • The cancellous structure of bone may be compared to the cellular tissue in soft parts.

    On the origin of inflammation of the veins

    Henry Lee

  • This would be of importance, since the clean puncture of cancellous bone was no doubt favoured by a high rate of velocity.

  • Notching or grooving is naturally much more common in the cancellous portions of bones.

  • To show how the cancellous structure of bone is able to support a great deal of weight.

    A Practical Physiology

    Albert F. Blaisdell

  • It would seem that the first change is one of congestion of the vessels of the bone's cancellous tissue.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

    Harry Caulton Reeks

cancellous in Medicine


(kăn-sĕləs, kănsə-ləs)
  1. Cancellated.
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