n : a purulent inflammation (as a necrobacillosis) of the feet esp. of horses and donkeys occurring chiefly in a cartilaginous form characterized by a chronic persistent inflammation of the lateral cartilage of the foot leading to suppuration and the formation of one or more fistulous openings above the coronet and causing marked lameness or in a cutaneous form characterized by an inflammation of the soft tissues just above the hoof involving suppuration and sloughing of the skin before healing .
Similar sounding terms: ca·tar·ia ca·tarrh cat·tery cau·ter
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