Definition of cancellous in English:

cancellous

Syllabification: can·cel·lous
Pronunciation: /ˈkansələs
 
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adjective

Anatomy
Of or denoting bone tissue with a meshlike structure containing many pores, typical of the interior of mature bones.
More example sentences
  • The epiphyseal plate is joined to the diaphysis by columns of cancellous bone; this region is known as the metaphysis.
  • Similarly, cortical bone is less prone to diagenetic contamination than porous, cancellous bone tissue.
  • The bones are mildly crushed dorsoventrally, particularly the ends of the metacarpals, suggesting that they were originally hollow or composed of open cancellous bone tissue.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Latin cancelli 'crossbars' + -ous.

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