pastern

noun
pas·​tern | \ ˈpa-stərn How to pronounce pastern (audio) \

Definition of pastern

1 : a part of the foot of an equine extending from the fetlock to the top of the hoof — see horse illustration
2 : a part of the leg of an animal other than an equine that corresponds to the pastern

First Known Use of pastern

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pastern

Middle French pasturon, from pasture pastern, from Old French empasturer to hobble (a horse), from pasture tether, modification of Late Latin (chorda) pastoria, from Latin, feminine of pastorius of a herdsman, from pastor herdsman — more at pastor

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“Pastern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pastern. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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pastern

noun
pas·​tern | \ ˈpas-tərn How to pronounce pastern (audio) \

Medical Definition of pastern

1 : a part of the foot of an equine extending from the fetlock to the top of the hoof
2 : a part of the leg of an animal other than an equine that corresponds to the pastern

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