One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Medicine and Surgery. The formation of new channels or a new lumen in a thrombosed blood vessel or other obstructed tubular structure; the action or process of restoring patency to a blood vessel, other tubular structure, or orifice; an instance of this.
2Redirection (of energy, emotion, etc.) towards a different object or goal, rechannelling.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in William Alanson Bryan (1875–1942). From re- + canalization, after recanalize.
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