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Meaning of cannula by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin cannula ( “small or low reed” ), diminutive of canna ( “cane, reed” ), from Ancient Greek κάννα ( kanna, “reed” ) .


    cannula ( plural: cannulas or cannulæ )

    1. ( medicine ) A tube inserted in the body to drain or inject fluid .
    2. ( aviation ) A hose or tube that connects directly to an oxygen ( O2 ) bottle/source from the user's nose, commonly used by aircraft pilots or others needing direct oxygen breathing apparatus .

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Explanation of cannula by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a small flexible tube inserted into a body cavity for draining off fluid or introducing medication

    Definition of cannula by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Cannula n. [L. cannula a small tube of dim. of canna a reed, tube.] ( Surg. ) A small tube of metal, wood, or India rubber, used for various purposes, esp. for injecting or withdrawing fluids. It is usually associated with a trocar. [Written also canula.]