canalization

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canalization

[‚kan·əl·ə′zā·shən]
(engineering)
Any system of distribution canals or conduits for water, gas, electricity, or steam.
(evolution)
The effect of natural selection on development to produce pathways that are insensitive to minor genetic or environmental variation; results in the phenotypic norm of the species.
(medicine)
Surgical method of wound drainage without tubes by forming channels.
(physiology)
The formation of new channels in tissues, such as the formation of new blood vessels through a thrombus.
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Figure 5-7 depicts a funnel-pattern effect Pattern Effects that may oncentrate or canalize forces without immediate fanning.
Avenues of approach tend to canalize the enemy due to the parallel ridges through which he must move.
The epithelial buds enlarge and the glands canalize before the completion of acini development.