spavin HENRY VIII., i. 3. 12; “spavins,” THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, iii. 2. 50. A disease in horses; either an enlargement of the little bag, containing a mucous substance, on the inside of the hock at its bending; or a distention by accumulated blood of the vein which passes over that bag; the former being called a bog-spavin, the latter a bloodspavin; also an affection of the bones of the hock-joint called bone-spavin, which generally appears in the form of a tumour where the head of the splint-bone is united with the shank, and in front of that union. See The Horse, by Youatt, p. 247, etc., and pp. 363-4, ed. 1848.
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