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Definition of Shank

Shank: 1. In anatomy, the tibia, the larger bone in the lower leg. The term is rarely used in this sense today.
2. In a culinary sense, the foreleg of a four-legged animal as, for example, a lamb shank. The shank is flavorful but tough (due to connective tissue) and therefore needs long slow cooking.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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