[ kwit-er ]
/ ˈkwɪt ər /

noun Veterinary Pathology.

purulent infection of horses and other hoofed animals, characterized by chronic inflammation of the lateral cartilage of the foot and formation of fistulas that open above the coronet, usually resulting in lameness.


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Origin of quittor

1250–1300; Middle English quittere < Old French cuiture cooking < Latin coctūra, equivalent to coct(us) (past participle of coquere to cook1) + -ūra -ure
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British Dictionary definitions for quittor

/ (ˈkwɪtə) /


vet science infection of the cartilages on the side of a horse's foot, characterized by inflammation and the formation of pus

Word Origin for quittor

C13: perhaps from Old French cuiture a boiling, from Latin coctūra a cooking, from coquere to cook
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