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shin splints

noun (used with a plural verb) Pathology.

a painful condition of the front lower leg, associated with tendinitis, stress fractures, or muscle strain, often occurring as a result of running or other strenuous athletic activity, especially on a nonresilient surface.


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Nearby words

shimmy, shimonoseki, shin, shin bet, shin guard, shin splints, shinar, shinbone, shindig, shindy, shine

Origin of shin splints

First recorded in 1940–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for shin splints

shin splints


(functioning as singular or plural) a painful swelling of the front lower leg, associated with muscle or bone inflammation, and common among athletes and other sportspeople
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Medicine definitions for shin splints

shin splints


A painful condition of the shins caused by inflammation of the surrounding muscles, frequently occurring among runners.
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