na·​vic·​u·​lar | \nə-ˈvi-kyə-lər \

Definition of navicular 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : shaped like a boat a navicular bone

2 : of, relating to, or involving a navicular bone navicular disease



Definition of navicular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a navicular bone:

a : one situated on the big-toe side of the tarsus in humans

called also scaphoid

b : scaphoid sense 2

c : one situated in the hoof of a horse behind the coffin bone

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The Red Stars report includes Vanessa DiBernardo (stress fracture pelvis), Stephanie McCaffrey (illness), Casey Short (right ankle sprain) and Rosie White (right and left navicular fracture) all listed as out. Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris are questionable for Orlando Pride match at Chicago Red Stars," 1 May 2018 But Sellers’s college career was cut short her senior year because of a navicular stress fracture in her foot. Owen Pence,, "From also-ran to Boston runner-up: Sarah Sellers shocks field in just her second marathon," 16 Apr. 2018 The shoe’s got to fit right here, over the navicular bone. James B. Stewart, The New Yorker, "When Your Shoes are Made of Wood Pulp," 14 Mar. 2018 The Heat released a statement Tuesday evening sharing the details of Waiters’ surgery and a preexisting navicular bone fracture was also repaired. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Heat release details of Dion Waiters’ surgery, say he will miss remainder of season | Miami Herald," 23 Jan. 2018 Pelluer broke the navicular bone on his left foot – that’s the bone on the inner side of the foot just above the arch and the injury will require surgery. Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times, "WSU middle linebacker Peyton Pelluer out for the season with broken foot," 18 Sep. 2017 That was a result of her returning at this year’s Wimbledon for her first tournament in 11 months following surgery to alleviate a fracture in her left navicular, a bone at the top of the foot near the ankle. Richard Deitsch,, "Sloane Stephens's 2017 U.S. Open Title Run Marks Reemergence of American Tennis," 10 Sep. 2017 Tuesday to repair a fractured navicular bone in his left foot, the team announced. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Omri Casspi picked playing time over playoffs when signing with Timberwolves," 21 Mar. 2017 Embiid, who sat out his first two seasons because of breaks to the navicular bone in his right foot, was having a sensational season. Darryl Matsuda, The Mercury News, "Warriors tonight: 10 Things about the 76ers rematch," 14 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of navicular


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for navicular


Middle English naviculare, from Latin navicula boat, diminutive of navis


New Latin (os) naviculare a navicular bone

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na·​vic·​u·​lar | \nə-ˈvik-yə-lər \
variants: or navicular bone

Medical Definition of navicular 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a boat-shaped bone:

a : the one of the seven tarsal bones of the human foot that is situated on the big-toe side between the talus and the cuneiform bones

called also scaphoid

b : scaphoid sense 2

c : a small bone enclosed within the hoof of the horse behind the junction of the coffin bone and short pastern bone



Medical Definition of navicular (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : resembling or having the shape of a boat navicular cells

2 : of, relating to, or involving a navicular bone navicular fractures

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