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spavin

[ spav-in ]
/ ˈspæv ɪn /
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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.
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Origin of spavin

1400–50; late Middle English spaveyne<Old French (e)spavain, esparvain swelling < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for spavin

spavin
/ (ˈspævɪn) /

noun
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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