One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘The navicular surface is smaller and more triangular.’
1A boat-shaped bone in the ankle or wrist, especially that in the ankle, between the talus and the cuneiform bones.
- ‘Bone tenderness over the navicular bone or base of the fifth metatarsal is an indication for radiographs to rule out fracture of the foot.’
- ‘The right patella and left tarsal navicular show osteochondritis.’
- ‘The metatarsal and the navicular bones were the most commonly involved.’
- ‘An examination a year later showed he had broken the navicular bone in his foot.’
- ‘If you ask me to name the bones of the wrist, I can tell you that the ‘N’ stands for navicular, and the ‘L' stands for lunate.’
- ‘These rules call for palpation of the proximal fifth metatarsal and navicular in patients with acute ankle injuries and midfoot pain.’
- ‘Various factors contribute to the common delay in diagnosis of navicular stress fractures.’
- ‘All fractures of the navicular bone resulted in an absence of more than 4 weeks, and in some cases even of many months.’
- ‘Several authors have attempted to identify persons who are at increased risk of navicular stress fracture.’
- ‘X-rays revealed a broken navicular bone in my left foot.’
- ‘It is attached to the cuboid by an interosseous ligament and to the cuboid and navicular bones by the strong bifurcate ligament.’
- ‘This anatomic impingement is even more significant in light of the vascular anatomy of the navicular bone.’
- ‘Therapeutic intervention in navicular stress fractures has been clearly defined.’
- ‘Up to 14 percent of the general population has an extra bone, the most common of which is the tarsal navicular (which is in the arch).’
- ‘The team then scrutinized naviculars of A. afarensis, H. habilis, chimpanzees and gorillas.’
- ‘Metatarsal and navicular fractures may require short leg casting for six to eight weeks unless comminuted or displaced.’
- ‘Tarsal navicular stress fractures were first described in 1958 in a study of racing greyhounds.’
- ‘However, if the discomfort localizes over the navicular bone, further immobilization or surgical intervention may be indicated.’
- ‘The tarsals of giraffes consist of only four bones: calcaneum, astragulus, fused navicular and cuboid, fused cuneiforms.’
- ‘The insertion may ascend on the lateral face of the radius or may be extended distally to the navicular, trapezium, or base of the third metacarpal bone.’
2A chronic disorder of the navicular bone in horses, causing lameness in the front feet.
- ‘‘As with all performance horses, arthritis and navicular can be a problem,’ Kim explained, saying she relies on her farrier and vet to work together to keep Parker healthy.’
- ‘Navicular syndrome is usually a chronic bilateral foreleg lameness in horses of all ages.’
- ‘Most of the above conditions are acute causes of heel lameness with the exception of navicular syndrome.’
- ‘Navicular syndrome is one of several conditions leading to heel soreness or lameness.’
- ‘In fact, navicular disease has been determined as a cause of lameness in horses as early as 1752 when the syndrome was originally described.’
Late Middle English: from French naviculaire or late Latin navicularis, from Latin navicula ‘little ship’, diminutive of navis.
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