Complete Definition of "splint"

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English
Etymology
Image:Carpal tunnel splint.jpg|thumb|right|150px|Wrist splint
ME. from MLG. or MD.
Noun
en-noun

  1. A narrow strip of wood split or peeled off of a larger piece.
  2. medicine A device to immobilize a body part.

#:1900 But it so happened that I had a man in the hospital at the time, and going there to see about him the day before the opening of the Inquiry, I saw in the white men's ward that little chap tossing on his back, with his arm in splints, and quite light-headed. Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, Chapter 5.

  1. A dental device applied consequent to undergoing orthodontia.
  2. A segment of armor.

#:1819 The fore-part of his thighs, where the folds of his mantle permitted them to be seen, were also covered with linked mail; the knees and feet were defended by splints , or thin plates of steel, ingeniously jointed upon each other; and mail hose, reaching from the ankle to the knee, effectually protected the legs, and completed the rider's defensive armour. â Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Chapter 1.

  1. A bone found on either side of the horse's cannon bone

Verb
en-verb

  1. To apply a splint.
  2. To support one's abdomen with hands or a pillow before attempting to cough.

Derived terms
To pop a splint

  1. an injury to the splint bone or surrounding area in a horse

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