can·​a·​li·​za·​tion | \ ˌka-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce canalization (audio) \

Definition of canalization

1 : an act or instance of canalizing
2 : a system of channels

Examples of canalization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Orbexilum stipulatum, also known as Falls-of-the-Ohio Scurf pea, hasn’t been seen since 1881, its habitat erased by the canalization of the Ohio River. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Now Smell a Flower That Went Extinct a Century Ago," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of canalization

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Canalization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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variants: or British canalisation \ ˌkan-​ᵊl-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce canalisation (audio) \

Medical Definition of canalization

1 : surgical formation of holes or canals for drainage without tubes
2 : natural formation of new channels in tissue (as formation of new blood vessels through a blood clot)
3 : establishment of new pathways in the central nervous system by repeated passage of nerve impulses
4 : the developmental buffering and homeostatic processes by which a particular kind of organism forms a relatively constant phenotype although individuals may have a variety of genotypes and environmental conditions may vary

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