Denoting bone that has a latticelike or spongy structure. SYN: cancellated.

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can·cel·lous kan-'sel-əs, 'kan(t)-sə-ləs adj having a porous structure made up of intersecting plates and bars that form small cavities or cells <\cancellous bone> compare COMPACT

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lattice-like: applied to the bony tissue laid down by osteoblast during development of bone and in the consolidation stage of fracture repair. In a mature bone cancellous bone has a low density and is surrounded by denser cortical bone.

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can·cel·lous (kan-səəs) of a reticular, spongy, or lattice-like structure; said mainly of bony tissue.

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  • cancellous — adjective Etymology: New Latin cancelli intersecting osseous plates and bars in cancellous bone, from Latin, lattice Date: circa 1839 of bone having a porous structure …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • cancellous — having cavities, spongy, porous, or reticulate, usually of bone …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • cancellous — /kan seuh leuhs/, adj. Anat. cancellate (def. 1). [1830 40; < L cancell(us) lattice (see CANCELLUS) + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • cancellous — adjective Having low density and strength but high surface area, of the kind that fills the inner cavity of long bones. Syn: trabecular …   Wiktionary

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  • cancellous — [ kans(ə)ləs] adjective Anatomy (of bone tissue) having a porous, mesh like structure, typical of the interior of mature bones. Origin C19: from L. cancelli crossbars + ous …   English new terms dictionary

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