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navicular

[nuh-vik-yuh-ler] /nəˈvɪk yə lər/ Anatomy
adjective
1.
boat-shaped, as certain bones.
noun
2.
Also, naviculare
[nuh-vik-yuh-lair-ee, -lahr-ee] /nəˌvɪk yəˈlɛər i, -ˈlɑr i/ (Show IPA)
. the bone at the radial end of the proximal row of the bones of the carpus.
3.
the bone in front of the talus on the inner side of the foot.
Origin of navicular
1535-1545
1535-45; < Late Latin nāviculāris of, relating to shipping, equivalent to Latin nāvicul(a) a small ship (nāvi(s) ship + -cula -cule1; ) + -āris -ar1
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Examples from the Web for navicular
Historical Examples
  • Three bones enter into its formation: the second phalanx, the third phalanx, and the navicular bone.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot Harry Caulton Reeks
  • It articulates with the second metatarsal and with the navicular.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • Obscure lameness; foot suspected of navicular disease; very lame.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot Harry Caulton Reeks
  • It articulates with the third metatarsal and with the navicular.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • Its posterior part shows a transversely elongated facet for articulation with the navicular bone.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot Harry Caulton Reeks
  • You've a lot to learn about navicular, you 'ave, if you can talk such rot as that!

    Lyre and Lancet F. Anstey
  • The navicular bone and bursa and the tendon of the perforans also suffer from the effects of compression.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot Harry Caulton Reeks
  • There was no adherence of the tendon to the navicular bone nor any ulceration.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot Harry Caulton Reeks
  • The wound extended down through the sole and opened the navicular joint.

    Lameness of the Horse John Victor Lacroix
  • The navicular bone is what we may term a complement of the os pedis.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot Harry Caulton Reeks
British Dictionary definitions for navicular

navicular

adjective (nəˈvɪkjʊlə)
1.
shaped like a boat
noun
2.
a small boat-shaped bone of the wrist or foot
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin nāviculāris, from Latin nāvicula, diminutive of nāvis ship
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Word Origin and History for navicular
adj.

"boat-shaped," 1540s, from Late Latin navicularis "pertaining to a boat," from navicula, diminutive of navis "ship" (see naval).

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navicular in Medicine

navicular na·vic·u·lar (nə-vĭk'yə-lər)
n.

  1. A comma-shaped bone of the wrist that is located in the first row of carpals.

  2. A concave bone of the foot, located between the talus and the metatarsals. Also called scaphoid.

adj.
Shaped like a boat.
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