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splint bone

n.
Either of two small metacarpal or metatarsal bones in horses or related animals.

splint bone

n
(Zoology) one of the rudimentary metacarpal or metatarsal bones in horses and similar animals, occurring on each side of the cannon bone

splint′ bone`


n.
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.
[1695–1705]
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Noun1.splint bone - a rudimentary metacarpal or metatarsal bone on either side of the cannon bone in the leg of a horse or related animal
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
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The splint bones are small in comparison to other bones but help supply support and stability to the knees and hocks.
The suspensory ligament of the foreleg is a very strong, flat ligament running from the back of the knee and upper end of the cannon bone down the back of the leg in a groove between the splint bones.
O'Leary said: "Scarthy Lad gave one of his splint bones a bang when he won a beginners chase at Clonmel last month so he won't run again until next month.