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cannon bone

noun, Zoology
1.
the greatly developed middle metacarpal or metatarsal bone of hoofed quadruped mammals, extending from the hock to the fetlock.
Origin of cannon bone
1825-1835
1825-35; cannon in obsolete sense “tube”
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  • The cannon bone is the bone that extends from the fetlock to the knee , which, in the horse, corresponds to our wrist.

    The Horsewoman Alice M. Hayes
  • The cannon bone extends from the knee or hock to the fetlock, is cylindrical in shape, and stands nearly or quite perpendicular.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • The 'cannon bone' answers to the middle bone of the five metacarpal bones which support the palm of the hand in ourselves.

    Darwinism (1889) Alfred Russel Wallace
  • As a general rule the third and fourth metacarpals and metatarsals become united to form a cannon bone.

  • The “cannon bone” answers to the middle bone of the five metacarpal bones, which support the palm of the hand in ourselves.

  • The next bone below (cannon bone) is sometimes more than half the length of the leg-bone (tibia).

    Extinct Monsters H. N. Hutchinson
  • The suspensory ligament is the fibrous cord which lies between the cannon bone and the back tendons.

    The Horsewoman Alice M. Hayes
  • The hind-limbs are provided with a cannon bone, while the metacarpals of the fore-feet are still free.

  • The "cannon bone" answers to the middle bone of the five metacarpal bones, which support the palm of the hand in ourselves.

    Lectures on Evolution Thomas Henry Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for cannon bone

cannon bone

noun
1.
a bone in the legs of horses and other hoofed animals consisting of greatly elongated fused metatarsals or metacarpals
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