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or can·u·la

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noun, plural can·nu·las, can·nu·lae [kan-yuh-lee] /ˈkæn yəˌli/. Surgery.
  1. a metal tube for insertion into the body to draw off fluid or to introduce medication.
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Origin of cannula

1675–85; < New Latin, Latin: small reed, equivalent to cann(a) cane + -ula -ule
Related formscan·nu·la·tion, noun
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noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. surgery a narrow tube for insertion into a bodily cavity, as for draining off fluid, introducing medication, etc
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: a small reed, from canna a reed
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Word Origin and History for cannula


1680s in surgical sense, from Latin cannula "small reed or pipe," diminutive of canna "reed, pipe" (see cane (n.)).

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cannula in Medicine


n. pl. can•nu•las
  1. A flexible tube, usually containing a trocar at one end, that is inserted into a bodily cavity, duct, or vessel to drain fluid or administer a substance such as a medication.
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