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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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Considering the difficulty and possible functional complications involved in exposing the pudendal canal and nerve while attempting to cure this benign lesion, we performed an extensive literature search to aid preoperative planning of the surgical approach (Fig.
(5) From here it enters a duplication of the fascia of the obturator internus muscles and its medial aspect, which forms the pudendal canal. (5) It is at this location where the PN divides into its three terminal branches: inferior rectal nerve, perineal nerve and the dorsal nerve to the penis/clitoris.
In the lateral wall of each fossa a pudendal canal for the pudendal nerve and internal pudendal vessels is located about 4cm superior to the lower border of the ischial tuberosity.