cancellous

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adjective can·cel·lous \kan-ˈse-ləs, ˈkan(t)-sə-ləs\

Definition of cancellous

of bone

  1. :  having a porous structure

Origin and Etymology of cancellous

New Latin cancelli intersecting osseous plates and bars in cancellous bone, from Latin, lattice


First Known Use: circa 1839


Medical Dictionary

cancellous

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adjective can·cel·lous \kan-ˈsel-əs, ˈkan(t)-sə-ləs\

Medical Definition of cancellous

  1. :  having a porous structure made up of intersecting plates and bars that form small cavities or cells <cancellous bone>—compare compact

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