scratches

[ skrach-iz ]
/ ˈskrætʃ ɪz /

noun (used with a singular verb)Veterinary Pathology.

a disease of horses marked by dry rifts or chaps that appear on the skin near the fetlock, behind the knee, or in front of the hock.

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Origin of scratches

First recorded in 1605–15; see origin at scratch, -s3
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British Dictionary definitions for scratches

scratches
/ (ˈskrætʃɪz) /

noun

(functioning as singular) a disease of horses characterized by dermatitis in the region of the fetlockAlso called: cracked heels, mud fever

Word Origin for scratches

C16: so called because it makes the pastern appear to be scratched
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