Definition of Haversian canal in English:

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Haversian canal

Pronunciation: /həˈvəːsɪən/

noun

Anatomy
Any of the minute tubes which form a network in bone and contain blood vessels.
Example sentences
  • Vascular canals, called Volkmann's canals, traverse the long axis of the bone; they are always at right angles to Haversian canals.
  • It is perforated by microscopic channels; the Haversian canals (described by Havers, an English physician in the seventeenth century) Blood vessels pass through these canals, and bone cells are arranged concentrically around them.
  • Each Haversian canal is oriented along the long axis of the bone and contains blood vessels and nerves.

Origin

Mid 19th century: named after Clopton Havers (1650–1702), English anatomist.

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