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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: shank


  1. The tibia; the shin; the leg.
  2. The portion of an instrument that connects the cutting or functional portion to a handle; with rotary tools, such as burs and drills, the end that fits into the chuck.

[A.S. sceanca]

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