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or canula

[kan-yuh-luh] /ˈkæn yə lə/
noun, plural cannulas, cannulae
[kan-yuh-lee] /ˈkæn yəˌli/ (Show IPA).
a metal tube for insertion into the body to draw off fluid or to introduce medication.
Origin of cannula
1675-85; < New Latin, Latin: small reed, equivalent to cann(a) cane + -ula -ule
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cannulation, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cannulation


noun (pl) -las, -lae (-ˌliː)
(surgery) a narrow tube for insertion into a bodily cavity, as for draining off fluid, introducing medication, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: a small reed, from canna a reed
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Word Origin and History for cannulation



1680s in surgical sense, from Latin cannula "small reed or pipe," diminutive of canna "reed, pipe" (see cane (n.)).

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cannulation in Medicine

cannulation can·nu·la·tion (kān'yə-lā'shən) or can·nu·li·za·tion (-yə-lĭ-zā'shən)
Insertion of a cannula.

cannula can·nu·la or can·u·la (kān'yə-lə)
n. pl. can·nu·las or can·nu·lae (-lē')
A flexible tube, usually containing a trocar at one end, that is inserted into a bodily cavity, duct, or vessel to drain fluid or administer a substance such as a medication.

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