or can·u·la

[ kan-yuh-luh ]
/ ˈkæn yə lə /

noun, plural can·nu·las, can·nu·lae [kan-yuh-lee] /ˈkæn yəˌli/. Surgery.

a metal tube for insertion into the body to draw off fluid or to introduce medication.

Origin of cannula

1675–85; < New Latin, Latin: small reed, equivalent to cann(a) cane + -ula -ule
Related formscan·nu·la·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cannulation



/ (ˈkænjʊlə) /

noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)

surgery a narrow tube for insertion into a bodily cavity, as for draining off fluid, introducing medication, etc

Word Origin for cannula

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



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

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Medicine definitions for cannulation (1 of 2)


[ kăn′yə-lāshən ]


Insertion of a cannula.

Medicine definitions for cannulation (2 of 2)


n. pl. can•nu•las

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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