One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To make new channels or a new lumen in (a thrombosed blood vessel or other obstructed tubular structure); to restore patency to (blood vessel, other tubular structure, or orifice).
2no object To develop new channels or a new lumen; to become patent again.
3with object To redirect (energy, emotion, etc.) towards a different object or goal; to rechannel.
Early 20th century. From re- + canalize.
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