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swayback

[swey-bak] /ˈsweɪˌbæk/ Veterinary Pathology
noun
1.
an excessive downward curvature of the spinal column in the dorsal region, especially of horses.
adjective
Origin of swayback
1865-1870
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; sway + back1
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  • Some woodworkers give their saws a slight camber, or belly, to correspond with the sway-back.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
British Dictionary definitions for sway-back

sway-back

noun
1.
(vet science) an abnormal sagging or concavity of the spine in older horses
2.
a paralytic disease of new-born and young lambs caused by demyelination of the central nervous system due to copper deficiency
Derived Forms
sway-backed, adjective
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