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[kan-l-ik-yuh-luh s] /ˌkæn lˈɪk yə ləs/
noun, plural canaliculi
[kan-l-ik-yuh-lahy] /ˌkæn lˈɪk yəˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy, Zoology.
a small canal or tubular passage, as in bone.
Origin of canaliculus
1555-65; < Latin, equivalent to canāli(s) canal + -culus -cule1
Related forms
canalicular, canaliculate
[kan-l-ik-yuh-lit, -yuh-leyt] /ˌkæn lˈɪk yə lɪt, -yəˌleɪt/ (Show IPA),
canaliculated, adjective
[kan-l-ik-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌkæn lˌɪk yəˈleɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for canaliculus


noun (pl) -li (-ˌlaɪ)
a small channel, furrow, or groove, as in some bones and parts of plants
Derived Forms
canalicular, canaliculate (ˌkænəˈlɪkjʊlɪt; -ˌleɪt), canaliculated, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: a little channel, from canāliscanal
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canaliculus in Medicine

canaliculus can·a·lic·u·lus (kān'ə-lĭk'yə-ləs)
n. pl. can·a·lic·u·li (-lī')
A small canal or duct in the body, as one of the minute channels in compact bone.

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