bone spavin

noun Veterinary Pathology.

See under spavin(def 1).

Definition for bone spavin (2 of 2)


[ spav-in ]
/ ˈspæv ɪn /

noun Veterinary Pathology.

a disease of the hock joint of horses in which enlargement occurs because of collected fluids (bog spavin), bony growth (bone spavin), or distention of the veins (blood spavin).
an excrescence or enlargement so formed.

Origin of spavin

1400–50; late Middle English spaveyne < Old French (e)spavain, esparvain swelling < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bone spavin

  • Fibrous tumors are sometimes located in the inferior part of the medial side of the tarsus—exactly over the seat of bone-spavin.

    Lameness of the Horse|John Victor Lacroix

British Dictionary definitions for bone spavin


/ (ˈspævɪn) /


vet science enlargement of the hock of a horse by a bony growth (bony spavin) or fluid accumulation in the joint (bog spavin), usually caused by inflammation or injury, and often resulting in lameness

Word Origin for spavin

C15: from Old French espavin, of unknown origin
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