ring·​bone ˈriŋ-ˌbōn How to pronounce ringbone (audio)
: a bony outgrowth on or near the articulating surface of the pastern or coffin bone of a horse that typically results from injury and usually produces lameness

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ringbone was in the 14th century

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“Ringbone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringbone. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


ring·​bone -ˌbōn How to pronounce ringbone (audio)
: a bony outgrowth on the phalangeal bones of a horse's foot that usually produces lameness
also : osteoarthritis of a horse's foot that produces such an outgrowth
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