canalization

noun can·a·li·za·tion \ ˌka-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of canalization

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

First Known Use of canalization

1825


Medical Dictionary

canalization

noun ca·na·li·za·tion
variants: or British canalisation play \ˌkan-ᵊl-ə-ˈzā-shən\

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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