na·​vic·​u·​lar | \ nə-ˈvi-kyə-lər How to pronounce navicular (audio) \

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

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 Warren has been out since the fourth game of the regular-season after receiving surgery because of a stress fracture in the navicular bone in his left foot. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers TJ Warren out for the remainder of the season," 26 Mar. 2021 Gray also suffered a left foot navicular stress fracture during his third start in 2017. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ Sam Hilliard brings promise of speed and power. Can he deliver?," 30 Aug. 2019 Bol had surgery on his navicular bone in his left foot, an injury that doesn’t exactly have the best track record in regard to seven footers getting the injury, with multiple needing more than one procedure to fix the issue. Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "NBA mock drafts 2019: Where will Oregon Ducks Bol Bol and Louis King land?," 20 June 2019 Bol's college career was cut short in January after fracturing the navicular bone in his left foot. Emily Caron,, "Bol Bol Wants to 'Prove Everyone Wrong' After Slipping Into Second Round," 21 June 2019 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

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Navicular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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na·​vic·​u·​lar | \ nə-ˈvik-yə-lər How to pronounce navicular (audio) \
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

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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