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navicular

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adjective
  1. boat-shaped, as certain bones.
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noun
  1. Also na·vic·u·lar·e [nuh-vik-yuh-lair-ee, -lahr-ee] /nəˌvɪk yəˈlɛər i, -ˈlɑr i/. the bone at the radial end of the proximal row of the bones of the carpus.
  2. the bone in front of the talus on the inner side of the foot.
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Origin of navicular

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

  • It articulates with the second metatarsal and with the navicular.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • It articulates with the third metatarsal and with the navicular.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • You've a lot to learn about navicular, you 'ave, if you can talk such rot as that!

  • With navicular disease it sooner or later makes its appearance.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for navicular

navicular

adjective (nəˈvɪkjʊlə)
  1. shaped like a boat
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noun Also: naviculare (nəˌvɪkjʊˈlɑːrɪ)
  1. a small boat-shaped bone of the wrist or foot
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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

navicular in Medicine

navicular

(nə-vĭkyə-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.scaphoid
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adj.
  1. Shaped like a boat.
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