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

Nearby words

  1. cantuar.,
  2. cantus,
  3. cantus firmus,
  4. canty,
  5. canuck,
  6. canular,
  7. canulate,
  8. canute,
  9. canvas,
  10. canvas duck


or can·u·la


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

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British Dictionary definitions for canula


noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)

surgery a variant spelling of cannula



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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Medicine definitions for canula




Variant ofcannula


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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