[thur-oh-pin, -uh-pin, thuhr-]

noun Veterinary Pathology.

an abnormal swelling just above the hock of a horse, usually appearing on both sides of the leg and sometimes causing lameness.

Origin of thoroughpin

First recorded in 1780–90; thorough + pin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thoroughpin

Historical Examples of thoroughpin

  • He felt of her muscles, and carefully scrutinized her for swelling or swinney or splint or spavin or thoroughpin.

    Vandemark's Folly

    Herbert Quick

  • The terms "thoroughpin" or "throughpin" are translations from the French vessignon chevillé and have the same significance.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix

  • In fact, spontaneous relief from lameness usually results in the course of ten days' time following the appearance of thoroughpin.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix

British Dictionary definitions for thoroughpin



an inflammation and swelling on both sides of the hock joint of a horse affecting the sheath of the deep flexor tendon

Word Origin for thoroughpin

C18: so called because it makes the leg look as if it has a pin stuck through it
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