Splint bone
Splint Splint, n. [Akin to D. splinter,G. splinter, splitter, Dan. splint, Sw. splint a kind of spike, a forelock (in nautical use), Sw. splintato splint, splinter, Dan. splinte, and E. split. See {Split}, v. t., and cf. {Splent}.] 1. A piece split off; a splinter. [1913 Webster]

2. (Surg.) A thin piece of wood, or other substance, used to keep in place, or protect, an injured part, especially a broken bone when set. [1913 Webster]

3. (Anat.) A splint bone. [1913 Webster]

4. (Far.) A disease affecting the splint bones, as a callosity or hard excrescence. [1913 Webster]

5. (Anc. Armor.) One of the small plates of metal used in making splint armor. See {Splint armor}, below. [1913 Webster]

The knees and feet were defended by splints, or thin plates of steel. --Sir. W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

6. Splint, or splent, coal. See {Splent coal}, under {Splent}. [1913 Webster]

{Splint armor},a kind of ancient armor formed of thin plates of metal, usually overlapping each other and allowing the limbs to move freely.

{Splint bone} (Anat.), one of the rudimentary, splintlike metacarpal or metatarsal bones on either side of the cannon bone in the limbs of the horse and allied animals.

{Splint coal}. See {Splent coal}, under {Splent}. [1913 Webster]


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  • splint bone — n one of the slender rudimentary metacarpal or metatarsal bones on either side of the cannon bone in the limbs of the horse and related animals …   Medical dictionary

  • splint bone — n. in horses and similar animals, either of two small bones, one on each side of the cannon bone …   English World dictionary

  • splint bone — splint′ bone n. vet one of a pair of rudimentary bones of the horse and allied animals, situated on either side of the shank at the back of the legs • Etymology: 1695–1705 …   From formal English to slang

  • splint bone — noun a rudimentary metacarpal or metatarsal bone on either side of the cannon bone in the leg of a horse or related animal • Hypernyms: ↑bone, ↑os * * * noun 1. : one of the rudimentary metacarpal or metatarsal bones resembling a splint on either …   Useful english dictionary

  • splint-bone — /ˈsplɪnt boʊn/ (say splint bohn) noun one of the rudimentary, splint like metacarpal or metatarsal bones of the horse or some allied animal, closely applied one on each side of the back of each cannon bone …   Australian English dictionary

  • splint bone — noun Date: 1704 one of the slender rudimentary metacarpal or metatarsal bones on either side of the cannon bone in the limbs of the horse and related animals …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • splint bone — one of the rudimentary, splintlike metacarpal or metatarsal bones of the horse or some allied animal, one on each side of the back of each cannon bone. [1695 1705] * * * …   Universalium

  • splint bone — noun either of two small bones in the foreleg of a horse or other large quadruped, lying behind and close to the cannon bone …   English new terms dictionary

  • splint-bone — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Splint — Splint, n. [Akin to D. splinter,G. splinter, splitter, Dan. splint, Sw. splint a kind of spike, a forelock (in nautical use), Sw. splintato splint, splinter, Dan. splinte, and E. split. See {Split}, v. t., and cf. {Splent}.] 1. A piece split off; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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