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[thur-oh-pin, -uh-pin, thuhr-] /ˈθɜr oʊˌpɪn, -əˌpɪn, ˈθʌr-/
noun, Veterinary Pathology.
an abnormal swelling just above the hock of a horse, usually appearing on both sides of the leg and sometimes causing lameness.
Origin of thoroughpin
First recorded in 1780-90; thorough + pin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for thoroughpin
Historical Examples
  • He felt of her muscles, and carefully scrutinized her for swelling or swinney or splint or spavin or thoroughpin.

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
  • The terms "thoroughpin" or "throughpin" are translations from the French vessignon chevillé and have the same significance.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix
  • In fact, spontaneous relief from lameness usually results in the course of ten days' time following the appearance of thoroughpin.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix
British Dictionary definitions for thoroughpin


an inflammation and swelling on both sides of the hock joint of a horse affecting the sheath of the deep flexor tendon
Word Origin
C18: so called because it makes the leg look as if it has a pin stuck through it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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