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Denoting bone that has a latticelike or spongy structure. SYN: cancellated.

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can·cel·lous kan-'sel-əs, 'kan(t)-sə-ləs adj having a porous structure made up of intersecting plates and bars that form small cavities or cells <\cancellous bone> compare COMPACT

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lattice-like: applied to the bony tissue laid down by osteoblast during development of bone and in the consolidation stage of fracture repair. In a mature bone cancellous bone has a low density and is surrounded by denser cortical bone.

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can·cel·lous (kan-səəs) of a reticular, spongy, or lattice-like structure; said mainly of bony tissue.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Cancellous — Can cel*lous, a. [Cf. L. cancellosus covered with bars.] (Anat.) Having a spongy or porous structure; made up of cancelli; cancellated; as, the cancellous texture of parts of many bones. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cancellous — adjective having an open or latticed or porous structure • Syn: ↑cancellate, ↑cancellated • Similar to: ↑cellular • Topics: ↑anatomy, ↑general anatomy * * * kanˈseləs, ˈkan( …   Useful english dictionary

  • cancellous — adjective Etymology: New Latin cancelli intersecting osseous plates and bars in cancellous bone, from Latin, lattice Date: circa 1839 of bone having a porous structure …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cancellous — having cavities, spongy, porous, or reticulate, usually of bone …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • cancellous — /kan seuh leuhs/, adj. Anat. cancellate (def. 1). [1830 40; < L cancell(us) lattice (see CANCELLUS) + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • cancellous — adjective Having low density and strength but high surface area, of the kind that fills the inner cavity of long bones. Syn: trabecular …   Wiktionary

  • cancellous — adj. porous, perforated (Anatomy) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Cancellous bone — Infobox Anatomy Name = PAGENAME Latin = substantia spongiosa ossium GraySubject = 18 GrayPage = 86 Caption = Illustration of a section through long bone, with spongy bone in its center. Caption2 = Light micrograph of cancellous bone, stained with …   Wikipedia

  • cancellous bone — ▪ anatomy also called  trabecular bone  or  spongy bone   light, porous bone enclosing numerous large spaces that give a honeycombed or spongy appearance. The bone matrix, or framework, is organized into a three dimensional latticework of bony… …   Universalium

  • cancellous bone — Adult bone consisting of mineralized regularly ordered parallel collagen fibres more loosely organized than the lamellar bone of the shaft of adult long bones. Found in the end of long bones; also known as trabecular bone …   Dictionary of molecular biology