adjectivechiefly • archaic
- Boat-shaped.More example sentences
- The navicular surface is smaller and more triangular.
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- 1 (also navicular bone) A boat-shaped bone in the ankle or wrist, especially that in the ankle between the talus and the cuneiform bones.More example sentences
- The team then scrutinized naviculars of A. afarensis, H. habilis, chimpanzees and gorillas.
- The metatarsal and the navicular bones were the most commonly involved.
- Bone tenderness over the navicular bone or base of the fifth metatarsal is an indication for radiographs to rule out fracture of the foot.
- 2 (also navicular disease or navicular syndrome) A chronic disorder of the navicular bone in horses, causing lameness in the front feet.More example sentences
- ‘As with all performance horses, arthritis and navicular can be a problem,’ Kim explained, saying she relies on her farrier and vet to work together to keep Parker healthy.
- In fact, navicular disease has been determined as a cause of lameness in horses as early as 1752 when the syndrome was originally described.
- Navicular syndrome is one of several conditions leading to heel soreness or lameness.
late Middle English: from French naviculaire or late Latin navicularis, from Latin navicula 'little ship', diminutive of navis.
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