can·​nu·​la ˈkan-yə-lə How to pronounce cannula (audio)
plural cannulas or cannulae ˈkan-yə-ˌlē How to pronounce cannula (audio)
: a small tube for insertion into a body cavity or into a duct or vessel

Examples of cannula in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your surgeon will make small incisions around your jaw joint and insert cannulas. Adrienne Dellwo, Verywell Health, 15 July 2022 While the volunteers adjusted their line drawing to these new, more challenging circumstances, air started flowing through the cannula. Celia Ford, WIRED, 18 July 2023 The couple welcomed their baby boy, Sonny, last week, Sydney revealed on Instagram Thursday with a photo of her baby boy with a nasal cannula, laying on her chest as the MLB player hugged them both. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2023 And some of them might need what’s called a high-flow nasal cannula, which is sort of super-duper nasal cannula. ... Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 31 Oct. 2022 Back home after the test, Jackson wore a nasal cannula, to address his sleep apnea; small stickers on his face held in place a tiny oxygen tube. Jessica Bartlett,, 29 Apr. 2023 Researchers surgically insert cannulas into the animals to study the ruminal digestive process. Eleanor McCrary, USA TODAY, 10 May 2023 His parents photographed Jackson at 2 months: With the pulse oximeter still attached to his foot, his parents briefly removed the nasal cannula and, unencumbered by the medical device, his cheeks stretched into an adorable smile. Jessica Bartlett,, 29 Apr. 2023 Both Youn and Nazarian mention Morpheus8 and Vivace UltraTM for the body, which uses radiofrequency microneedling to improve skin tightening; as well as BodyTite, which also uses radiofrequency but is applied underneath the skin via a cannula to heat and kill fat and firm skin from the inside out. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, 2 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of canna reed — more at cane

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cannula was in 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Cannula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants also canula
plural cannulas or cannulae -ˌlē, -ˌlī How to pronounce cannula (audio)
: a small tube for insertion into a body cavity, duct, or vessel
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