cannon bone

noun

: 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

Examples of cannon bone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web O’Brien said the initial diagnosis was a non-displaced condylar fracture and described it as a small crack in the cannon bone. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2023 The 3-year-old filly's fetlock, a joint between the cannon bone and the pastern, of her right front leg was separated. Caleb Wiegandt, The Courier-Journal, 20 June 2023 But in June, Maxfield was discovered to have a non-displaced condylar fracture in his right front cannon bone. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, 30 Apr. 2021 In a press release Wednesday, Godolphin announced Grade 3 Matt Winn winner Maxfield was discovered to have a non-displaced condylar fracture in his right front cannon bone. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 10 June 2020

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Word History

Etymology

French canon, literally, cannon

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cannon bone was in 1834

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“Cannon bone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cannon%20bone. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

cannon bone

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

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