coffin bone


: the principal bone enclosed within the hoof of a horse

called also pedal bone

Examples of coffin bone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tissue between the hoof and the coffin bone, the lowest bone in a horse, becomes inflamed and in the some cases the two parts separate. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2023 Secretariat had an extremely severe case of laminitis, which meant there was excruciating damage to the tissue between his hoof and underlying coffin bone. The Courier-Journal, 14 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1720, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coffin bone was circa 1720

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“Coffin bone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

coffin bone

cof·​fin bone ˈkȯ-fən- How to pronounce coffin bone (audio)
: the bone enclosed within the hoof of the horse

called also pedal bone

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