canalization

noun can·a·li·za·tion \ ˌka-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of canalization

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

First Known Use of canalization

1825

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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