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

  • adj. Anatomy Having an open, latticed, or porous structure. Used especially of bone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. (of bone) Having low density and strength but high surface area, of the kind that fills the inner cavity of long bones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a spongy or porous structure; made up of cancelli; cancellated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as cancellate.

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

  • adj. having an open or latticed or porous structure


From Latin cancellus, lattice; see cancel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cancellus, lattice. (Wiktionary)



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