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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The implementation of safety riding campaign is found controversial, especially both the canalization rule and daytime headlamp rule.
Canalization involves restructuring a developmental process so as to reduce the variance in the phenotype that results from that process without changing the mean value of that phenotype.
Given the risks of infection and sepsis that are associated with canalization, Dr.
Thus, the existence of maxima or minima in a character or a switch between developmental pathways are degrees of developmental canalization. The patterns of canalization described in this model may or may not reflect developmental constraints as defined by Maynard-Smith et al.