[ splint ]
/ splɪnt /


verb (used with object)

to secure, hold in position, or support by means of a splint or splints, as a fractured bone.
to support as if with splints.

Origin of splint

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German splinte; cf. splinter

Related forms

splint·like, adjectiveun·splint·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for splint


/ (splɪnt) /



to apply a splint to (a broken arm, etc)

Derived Forms

splintlike, adjective

Word Origin for splint

C13: from Middle Low German splinte; related to Middle Dutch splinte splint, Old High German spaltan to split
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Medicine definitions for splint


[ splĭnt ]


A rigid device used to prevent motion of a joint or of the ends of a fractured bone.
A dental appliance put on the teeth to protect them from grinding or from moving out of place.


To support or restrict with a splint.
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