Definition of navicular in English:

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Pronunciation: /nəˈvikyələr/


chiefly archaic
Example sentences
  • The navicular surface is smaller and more triangular.


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.
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.
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  • ‘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.

Words that rhyme with navicular

auricular, curricula, curricular, diverticula, funicular, lenticular, particular, perpendicular, vehicular, vermicular

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Syllabification: na·vic·u·lar

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