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incapable of normal locomotion; deviation from the normal gait. See also claudication.


(lām) incapable of normal locomotion; deviating from normal gait.


adj. lamer, lamest
1. Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible: Lame from the accident, he walked with a cane. A lame wing kept the bird from flying.
2. Marked by pain or rigidness: a lame back.
tr.v. lamed, laming, lames
To cause to become lame; cripple.

lame′ly adv.
lame′ness n.


incapable of normal locomotion; deviation from the normal gait. The commonest cause of lameness in animals is pain in a limb or its supporting structures, but contractures of joints, and deformities and shortness of limbs are also causes.

Patient discussion about lame

Q. My two years old boy started to limp and to complain about foot pain. what can it be? My two years boy is complaining about a left foot pain. the pain starts in his thigh and radiates down. He doesn't have fever or any other symptom. He started waking in the age of 1.5 years and he never walked well. He seems like he is never balanced on his left leg. His labor was traumatic, and I needed a C-section. what can be the source of his complaints?

A. Hello...has your son been seen by a pediatric orthopedist? There are many things this could be...including flat feet, no arches (have the child step in water and then walk on concrete...see if you can see an arch there or is there nothing but the water with no indication of an arch. Just in case of something more serious, and not to frighten you, but let's say things are out there today, ? a rare syndrome or even Charcot? Only a pediatric orthopedist could address those types of issues and no mom ever wants to see her son or daughter suffer...
it hurts us as much as them I think! If it continues or gets worse, please do not delay in seeing the pediatric orthopedist to be sure.
I hope this was helpful and blessings your way. BARBS

Q. is the one first question i asked here a lame one? it's just that it's been 15 days. i think i put some real effort in confronting myself so as to benefit, not waste anyones or my time. i don't know i figured more feedback would be offered. hey if it's kind of a i don't know hopeless question maybe any answer, really any answer at all would be appreciated? thanks...

A. Thank you!

Q. My arms go limp And my chest hurts. There is no way I can lift my arms. It lasts 10 min. This eposode comes on every few days. Its scary. Drs. have no clue. Thanks betty

A. well, i'm not a Dr...but there is a web site that might give you a clue on what's wrong and what questions to ask the Dr. sometimes it's important to know what kind of Dr. you need:

good luck! i hope you'll get a lead!

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However, on review of the video, Mr Hughes's evidence in the inquiry that he dismounted as soon as he considered the horse was lame, and the view of the BHA's veterinary officer that it wasn't possible to ascertain precisely whether the horse was lame at a walk - only at a trot - it is the view of the BHA that Mr Hughes dismounted at the appropriate time based on his own best judgement.
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Coolmore spokesman Richard Henry said: "He is lame, he was examined by Dr Vince Baker and John Halley and won't run.
It was only a matter of time before he came into the company of Lakota spiritual elders, one of whom, John Fire Lame Deer, decided that he wanted Erdoes to chronicle his life and Lakota traditions.
Three groups of camels were identified: healthy racing camels, racing camels with lameness, and racing camels with bone fractures and referred to as normal, lame and fractured; respectively, thereafter.
pues mi Colegio fue la fe con un entusiasmo incansable, porque le pedi a mi padre Senor don Mariano Lame, la educacion, es decir, me mandara a la escuela y me consiguio fue una pala, un hacha, un machete, una hoz y un aguinche y me mando con siete hermanos a socolar y derribar montana; pero yo con ese entusiasmo que sobrepujaba en mi interior me llego el pensamiento de que debia escribir en un tabla con un carbon y que la pluma debia ser dicha aguja en la hoja de un arbol, la muestra fue que a sabiendas le tome varios papeles que tenia mi anciano tio Leonardo Chantre.
The current session of Congress appears to be proving that lame ducks are the only politicians who can get anything done.
It's what some people call a perfect storm, and those who rely on pesticides are finding that bedbugs have built up a tremendous amount of resistance, just like they did with DDT in the 1950s", Lame explains.
Zoe and her sister Hanna find a lame duckling, they take it to the vet, and nurse it back to health.
2 : injured or sore so that walking or movement is painful or difficult <a lame leg>
Lame of brain, turgid of tempo and melodically uninspired, Dark Horse is not, by Mike Kroeger's own admission, "some huge departure from our past efforts".
A number of the farmers involved maintained a low prevalence of lameness through regular monitoring and treatment of lame sheep within three days of becoming lame.