Canaliculus definition

kănə-lĭkyə-ləs
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A small canal or duct in the body, such as the minute channels in compact bone.
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(anat., biol.) A very small groove, or canal, as in bone.
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A small canal or duct in the body, such as the minute channels in compact bone.
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(anatomy) Any of many small canals or ducts in bone or in some plants.
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Noun

Singular:
canaliculus
Plural:
canaliculi

Origin of canaliculus

  • Latin canāliculus diminutive of canālis conduit canal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin canāliculus (“small channel, pipe or gutter”), diminutive of canālis (“channel; pipe, gutter”), from canna (“cane, reed”), from Ancient Greek κάννα (kanna, “reed”).

    From Wiktionary