Haversian canal

[ huh-vur-zhuh n ]
/ həˈvɜr ʒən /

noun (sometimes lowercase) Anatomy.

a microscopic channel in bone, through which a blood vessel runs.

Origin of Haversian canal

1835–45; named after Clopton Havers (died 1702), English anatomist; see -ian

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British Dictionary definitions for haversian canal

Haversian canal

/ (hæˈvɜːʃən) /


histology any of the channels that form a network in bone and contain blood vessels and nerves

Word Origin for Haversian canal

C19: named after C. Havers (died 1702), English anatomist who discovered them

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Medicine definitions for haversian canal

haversian canal

[ hə-vûrzhən ]


Any of various canals in compact bone through which blood vessels, nerve fibers, and lymphatics pass.

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