navicular

1 of 2

adjective

na·​vic·​u·​lar nə-ˈvi-kyə-lər How to pronounce navicular (audio)
1
: shaped like a boat
a navicular bone
2
: of, relating to, or involving a navicular bone
navicular disease

navicular

2 of 2

noun

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

called also scaphoid

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

Examples of navicular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The 7-foot center missed the entirety of his first two NBA seasons from 2014-16 after breaking the navicular bone in his right foot. Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News, 2 Apr. 2024 In particular, the study points to one of the most underappreciated joints in the human body, the union between the navicular and medial cuneiform, which is crucial to the recoil. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 31 May 2023 The Warren Central junior missed her sophomore season with a stress fracture in the navicular bone of her right foot. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 24 May 2023 The most common bones in the feet and lower leg to experience stress fractures are the navicular, talus, tibia and fibula. Philip Anloague, Fortune Well, 21 Apr. 2023 There was a stress reaction in his navicular bone. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2023 Cook ran low mileage and did cross-training as a senior after recovering from a navicular stress fracture in her foot. Dallas News, 25 Aug. 2022 Fractures in the navicular bone are considered a serious injury, often requiring surgery and lengthy recovery periods. Staff Writer follow, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2022 Stewart's injury comes just a game after Bagley made his season debut after spraining his right MCL during preseason, and two games after Alec Burks made his season debut following left navicular fracture surgery. Detroit Free Press, 15 Nov. 2022
Noun
The navicular is covered by cartilage and lacks a rich blood supply, causing a slow recovery process. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Nov. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

Noun

New Latin (os) naviculare a navicular bone

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of navicular was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Navicular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/navicular. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

navicular

1 of 2 noun
na·​vic·​u·​lar nə-ˈvik-yə-lər How to pronounce navicular (audio)
variants or navicular bone
: 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

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

navicular

2 of 2 adjective
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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