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noun Veterinary Pathology.
  1. a nerve disorder in horses, causing exaggerated flexing movements of the hind legs in walking.
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Origin of stringhalt

First recorded in 1515–25; string + halt2
Related formsstring·halt·ed, string·halt·y, adjectivestring·halt·ed·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for stringhalt

Historical Examples

  • He had stringhalt, I think, and Dr. Fred said he was getting less worth every day and after awhile would not be fit to travel.

    White Dandy; or, Master and I

    Velma Caldwell Melville

  • Foot-ball produces what may be called the endogenous or ingrowing toenail, stringhalt and mania.

British Dictionary definitions for stringhalt


  1. vet science a sudden spasmodic lifting of the hind leg of a horse, resulting from abnormal contraction of the flexor muscles of the hockAlso called: springhalt
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Word Origin

C16: probably string + halt ²
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