One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting bone tissue with a meshlike structure containing many pores, typical of the interior of mature bones.
- ‘Bones are made up of two types of material - compact bone and cancellous bone.’
- ‘Fluoride increases bone formation by stimulating osteoblasts and increasing cancellous bone formation in patients with osteoporosis.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Similarly, cortical bone is less prone to diagenetic contamination than porous, cancellous bone tissue.’
- ‘The epiphyseal plate is joined to the diaphysis by columns of cancellous bone; this region is known as the metaphysis.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin cancelli ‘crossbars’ + -ous.
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