blood spavin


noun Veterinary Pathology.

  1. See under spavin(def 1).

noun Veterinary Pathology.

  1. 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).
  2. an excrescence or enlargement so formed.

noun

  1. 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
n.

disease of the hock joint of a horse, early 15c., from Middle French espavain, perhaps from Frankish *sparwan “sparrow” (see sparrow), so called perhaps from comparison of the bird’s awkward gait to that of a horse affected with spavin.

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