haversian canal

play
noun, often capitalized H ha·ver·sian canal \hə-ˈvər-zhən-\

Definition of haversian canal

  1. :  any of the small canals through which the blood vessels ramify in bone

Origin and Etymology of haversian canal

Clopton Havers †1702 English physician & anatomist


First Known Use: 1838


Medical Dictionary

haversian canal

play
noun , often capitalized H ha·ver·sian canal \hə-ˌvər-zhən-\

Medical Definition of haversian canal

  1. :  any of the small canals through which the blood vessels ramify in bone

Biographical Note for haversian canal

Havers

\ˈhā-vərz, ˈhav-ərz\play play ,

Clopton

(1655?–1702), British osteologist. In 1691 Havers published the first detailed description of the microscopic structure of the bone lamellae and canals and made important observations on the physiology of bone growth and repair. Although Antoni van Leeuwenhoek had observed the haversian canals in 1686, and Malpighi had mentioned the bone lamellae in 1675, Havers' work is remembered particularly because of its full and systematic treatment.

Illustration of haversian canal


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up haversian canal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a weapon for destroying ships

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • young-people-being-filmed-during-a-spelling-bee
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!