[ kan-sel-uh s ]
/ kænˈsɛl əs /

noun, plural can·cel·li [kan-sel-ahy, -sel-ee] /kænˈsɛl aɪ, -ˈsɛl i/. Architecture.

(in an early Christian basilica) one of a row of bars separating the clergy and sometimes the choir from the congregation.
(in an ancient Roman basilica) one of a row of bars separating the court personnel from the spectators.
cancelli, a screen of such bars.

Nearby words

  1. cancellation,
  2. cancellation law,
  3. cancellous,
  4. cancellous bone,
  5. cancellous tissue,
  6. cancer,
  7. cancer cluster,
  8. cancer family,
  9. cancer gene,
  10. cancer stick

Origin of cancellus

< Latin, equivalent to canc(rī) grating (plural of cancer, apparently dissimilated form of carcer prison) + -ellus diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for cancellus


[ kăn-sĕləs ]

n. pl. can•cel•li (-lī′)

A latticelike structure, such as spongy bone.

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