Definition of recanalize in US English:



  • 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.