cannon bone
noun Etymology: French canon, literally, cannon Date: 1834 a bone in hoofed mammals that extends from the knee or hock to the fetlock; especially the enlarged metacarpal or metatarsal of the third digit of a horse

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  • Cannon bone — Can non bone (Anat.) See {Canon Bone}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cannon bone — n a bone in hoofed mammals that supports the leg from the hock joint to the fetlock * * * a bone in the limb of hoofed animals, extending from the fetlock to the hock joint in the hind leg or the fetlock to the carpus in the foreleg; equivalent… …   Medical dictionary

  • cannon bone — n. the bone between hock or knee and fetlock in a four legged, hoofed animal …   English World dictionary

  • cannon bone — noun greatly developed metatarsal or metacarpal bone in the shank or cannon part of the leg in hoofed mammals • Hypernyms: ↑bone, ↑os • Part Holonyms: ↑cannon, ↑shank …   Useful english dictionary

  • cannon bone — can′non bone n. zool. the greatly developed middle metacarpal or metatarsal bone of hoofed mammals, extending from the hock to the fetlock • Etymology: 1825–35; cannon in obs. sense “tube” …   From formal English to slang

  • cannon bone — /ˈkænən boʊn/ (say kanuhn bohn) noun the greatly developed middle metacarpal or metatarsal bone of hoofed quadrupeds, extending from wrist or ankle to the first joint of the digit. {from cannon (as being tube shaped) + bone} …   Australian English dictionary

  • cannon bone — Zool. the greatly developed middle metacarpal or metatarsal bone of hoofed quadruped mammals, extending from the hock to the fetlock. [1825 35; CANNON in obs. sense tube ] * * * …   Universalium

  • cannon bone — noun a) A bone resulting from the fusion of metacarpals in some artiodactyls. b) The metacarpal of a horse …   Wiktionary

  • cannon bone — noun a long tube shaped bone between a horse s fetlock and the knee or hock …   English new terms dictionary

  • cannon-bone — adjective noun …   Wiktionary

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