from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A deformity of the legs in which the knees are abnormally close together and the ankles are spread widely apart.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The condition of being knock-kneed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Med.) A condition in which the knees are bent in so as to touch each other in walking; inknee.
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- noun Alternative spelling of
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an inward slant of the thigh
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· In children with spasticity or muscle imbalance, this may increase the risk of developing knock-knee contractures.
Note: Children with brain damage sometimes develop a knock-knee way of standing or walking.
The following examples are all designed to help prevent knock-knee contractures.
Well, I see so many knock-knee, box-ankle, spindly-shank, flat nose chillun, when I was growin 'up, dat when I come to choose de filly to fold my colts, I picks one dat them mistakes wasn't so lakly to appear in.
# -- These deformities are common in children; are nearly always bilateral and symmetrical, and may be associated with knock-knee or bow-knee.
There may be knock-knee on the one side and bow-knee on the other.
_ -- Under the age of six, and particularly in children, who are actively growing, the bones will probably straighten if the child is treated for rickets and kept off his feet; well-padded lateral splints are applied as recommended for knock-knee, and these should be taken off at intervals for massage and douching.
In _adolescent knock-knee_ the patient seeks advice because of the deformity or of pain after exertion, especially at the medial side of the epiphysial junctions, of being easily tired, and of incapacity for any occupation involving standing.
If allowed to unite with the condyle displaced, the articular surface is oblique and bow - or knock-knee results.
Bones divided in the course of an operation, for example in osteotomy for knock-knee, or wedge-shaped resection for bow-leg, are repaired by the same process as fractures.