[ swee-nee ]
/ ˈswi ni /

noun Veterinary Pathology.

atrophy of the shoulder muscles in horses.
Also swinney.

Origin of sweeny

1820–30, Americanism; compare dialectal German Schweine, Pennsylvania German Schwinne atrophy, Old English swindan to pine away, disappear
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/ (ˈswiːnɪ) /


vet science a wasting of the shoulder muscles of a horse, esp as the result of a nerve injury

Word Origin for sweeny

C19: probably from German dialect Schweine emaciation, atrophy
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