can·​a·​lic·​u·​lus | \ ˌka-nə-ˈli-kyə-ləs How to pronounce canaliculus (audio) \
plural canaliculi\ ˌka-​nə-​ˈli-​kyə-​ˌlī How to pronounce canaliculi (audio) , -​ˌlē \

Definition of canaliculus

: a minute canal in a bodily structure

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canalicular \ ˌka-​nə-​ˈli-​kyə-​lər How to pronounce canalicular (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of canaliculus

1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canaliculus

Latin, diminutive of canalis

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“Canaliculus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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can·​a·​lic·​u·​lus | \ -yə-ləs How to pronounce canaliculus (audio) \
plural canaliculi\ -​ˌlī, -​ˌlē How to pronounce canaliculi (audio) \

Medical Definition of canaliculus

: a minute canal in a bodily structure: as
a : one of the hairlike channels ramifying a haversian system in bone and linking the lacunae with one another and with the haversian canal
b : one of the narrow spaces between cells in the anastomosing cords of cells that make up a liver lobule

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