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

  • transitive v. To insert a cannula into (a bodily cavity, duct, or vessel), as for the drainage of fluid or the administration of medication.
  • adj. Tubular; hollow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to use a cannula; to insert a tube, particularly into a vein.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make hollow, like a cannula.

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

  • v. introduce a cannula or tube into


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