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

Examples of cannon bone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Maxfield, Wells Bayou off Kentucky Derby trail with injuries," 10 June 2020

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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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“Cannon bone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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