Definition of navicular in English:


Syllabification: na·vic·u·lar
Pronunciation: /nəˈvikyələr


chiefly • archaic


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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.
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    • 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.

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