cannon bone


Definition of cannon bone 

: a bone in hoofed mammals that extends from the knee or hock to the fetlock especially : the enlarged metacarpal or metatarsal of the third digit of a horse

First Known Use of cannon bone

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cannon bone

French canon, literally, cannon

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Medical Definition of cannon bone 

: a bone in hoofed mammals that supports the leg from the hock joint to the fetlock

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