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sweeny

[swee-nee] /ˈswi ni/
noun, Veterinary Pathology
1.
atrophy of the shoulder muscles in horses.
Also, swinney.
Origin
dialectal German
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism; compare dialectal German Schweine, Pennsylvania German Schwinne atrophy, Old English swindan to pine away, disappear
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sweeny

/ˈswiːnɪ/
noun
1.
(vet science) a wasting of the shoulder muscles of a horse, esp as the result of a nerve injury
Word Origin
C19: probably from German dialect Schweine emaciation, atrophy
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