canon bone

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French canon, from Latin canon (a rule).


canon bone (plural canon bones)

  1. (anatomy) The shank bone, or great bone above the fetlock, in the fore and hind legs of the horse and allied animals, corresponding to the middle metacarpal or metatarsal bone of most mammals.

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