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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Cancellous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Consisting of a network of veins, without intermediate parenchyma; lattice-like.
  • adj. Having the surface covered with raised lines, crossing at right angles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of a network of veins, without intermediate parenchyma, as the leaves of certain plants; latticelike.
  • adj. Having the surface coveres with raised lines, crossing at right angles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Separated into spaces or divisions, as by cancelli.
  • In anatomy, same as in zoölogy, but especially said of the light spongy or porous texture of bone resulting from numerous thin osseous laminæ with intervening spaces large enough to be readily seen by the naked eye. Such texture occurs in the ends of long bones, as the humerus and femur, and in the interior of most short, fiat, or irregular bones. The spaces are chiefly vascular channels, filled with connective tissue, fat, etc., between plates or layers of more compact bone-tissue.
  • In botany, applied to leaves consisting entirely of veins, without connecting parenchyma, so that the whole leaf looks like a sheet of open network; in mosses, applied to cell-structure having such appearance.
  • Also cancellous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a latticelike structure pierced with holes or windows
  • adj. having an open or latticed or porous structure


Latin cancellātus, past participle of cancellāre, to make in a crisscross pattern; see cancel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin cancellatus, past participle of cancellare. (Wiktionary)



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