shin splints

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Definition of shin splints

: injury to and inflammation of the tibial and toe extensor muscles or their fasciae caused by repeated minimal traumas (as by running)

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First Known Use of shin splints

circa 1930


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shin splints

noun plural but singular or plural in construction

medical Definition of shin splints

: painful injury to and inflammation of the tibial and toe extensor muscles or their fasciae that is caused by repeated minimal traumas (as by running on a hard surface)

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