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CANAL. A trench dug for leading water in a particular direction, and confining it.
     2. Public canals are generally protected by the law which authorizes their being made. Various points have arisen under numerous laws authorizing the construction of canals, which have been decided in cases reported in 1 Yeates, 430; 1 Binn. 70; 1 Pennsyl. 462; 2 Pennsyl. 517; 7 Mass. 169; 1 Sumu. 46; 20 Johns. 103, 735; 2 Johns. 283; 7 John. Ch. 315; 1 Wend. 474; 5 Wend. 166; 8 Wend. 469; 4 Wend. 667; 6 Cowen, 698; 7 Cowen, 526 4 Hamm. 253; 5 Hamm. 141, 391; 6 Hamm. 126; 1 N. H. Rep. 339; See River.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A fine stiff wire was used to observe the direction of the nutrient foramen and obliquity of the nutrient canal.
NF provides entry to the nutrient artery and leads it to the nutrient canal. The direction and location of NF are of clinical significance.
Anatomical abbreviations are:a-a, angular-articular; bo, basioccipital; de, dentary; fr, frontal; fv, facet on maxilla for articulation with vomer; ipr, internal (anterior) process of the maxilla; le, lateral ethmoid; mpr, maxillary (posterior) process of the maxilla; rex, maxilla(e); ha, nasal; nc, nutrient canal; pa, parasphenoid; pd, predentary; pmx, premaxilla(e); pn, prenasal; pop, preopercle; pt, pterygoid; qu, quadrate; sph, sphenotic; tr, triangular region of maxilla; vo, vomer.