American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An inflammation of the hoof cartilage of horses and other solid-hoofed animals, characterized by degeneration of hoof tissue, formation of a slough, and fistulous sores.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See quitter.
- n. A chronic abscess, or fistula of the coronet, in a horse's foot, resulting from inflammation of the tissues investing the coffin bone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Far.) A chronic abscess, or fistula of the coronet, in a horse's foot, resulting from inflammation of the tissues investing the coffin bone.
- From Middle English quiter, quitere, quitoure, quiture, quytur, whitour. Cognate with Low German kwater, kwader ("rottenness"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English quiture, perhaps from Old French, act of boiling, from Latin coctūra, boiling liquid, from coctus, past participle of coquere, to cook; see pekw- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When dealing with sinuous wounds of the foot, another favourite mode of applying dressings is by means of the syringe, and no better instrument for all cases can be found than that known as a quittor syringe (Fig. 56).”
“For convenience of consideration quittors may be divided into four classes, as suggested by Girard: (1) Cutaneous quittor, which is known also as simple quittor, skin quittor, and carbuncle of the coronet; (2) tendinous quittor; (3) subhorny quittor; and (4) cartilaginous quittor.”
“In all probability it is the condition generally understood when the word 'quittor' is used by one practitioner to the other.”
“We believe that -- in this country, at any rate -- the word 'quittor' is usually held to indicate one or other of the two latter conditions, and probably the last of these; and that the two first are held of small account, or hardly of sufficient gravity to allow of the word 'quittor' being applied to them.”
“Unequal distribution of weight, the result of unskilled shoeing, or any other condition that may cause the foot to become unbalanced, using the foot rasp too freely, and such diseases as quittor, corns and contracted quarters subject the animal to this form of unsoundness.”
“Later, the abscess -- for abscess it is -- discharges its contents, the opening is explored, and we find that in extent it is not confined to the coronary region, but that it is deep enough to constitute a true sub-horny quittor.”
“-- In the case of simple or cutaneous quittor, no alteration in the shoeing is necessary.”
“Complications in coronitis in laminitis in pricked foot in sand-crack in simple or cutaneous quittor in sub-horny quittor”
“As a result of this, we may have the starting-point of suppurating corn, or necrosis of the lateral cartilage -- in other words, cartilaginous quittor.”
“-- This form of quittor has its origin more often than not in contusions, punctures, or wounds of the region severe enough to cause death of a small portion of the tissues.”
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