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An inflammation of the hoof cartilage of horses and other solid-hoofed animals, characterized by degeneration of hoof tissue, formation of a slough, and fistulous sores.

[Middle English quiture, perhaps from Old French, act of boiling, from Latin coctūra, boiling liquid, from coctus, past participle of coquere, to cook; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Veterinary Science) vet science infection of the cartilages on the side of a horse's foot, characterized by inflammation and the formation of pus
[C13: perhaps from Old French cuiture a boiling, from Latin coctūra a cooking, from coquere to cook]
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(ˈkwɪt ər)

a purulent inflammation of the foot in horses and other hoofed animals resulting in lameness.
[1250–1300; Middle English quittere suppuration < Old French cuiture burning, scalding, cooking < Latin coctūra=coct(us), past participle of coquere to cook + -ūra -ure]
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