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 [soo´ra] (L.)
calf. adj., adj su´ral.


, pl.


(kaf, kavz),
1. A young bovine animal, male or female. Synonym(s): sura
2. The posterior prominence of the leg, caused by the underlying triceps surae muscles (lateral and medial heads of gastrocnemius and soleus).
[Gael. kalpa]

calf 1

(kăf, käf)
n. pl. calves (kăvz, kävz)
a. A young cow or bull.
b. One of the young of certain other mammals, such as moose, elephants, or whales.

calf 2

(kăf, käf)
n. pl. calves (kăvz, kävz)
The fleshy muscular back part of the human leg between the knee and ankle.


The fleshy part of the posterior lower leg, which is composed primarily of gastrocnemius muscle.
Veterinary medicine
A young cow from birth until it is weaned.

su·ral re·gion

(sūr'ăl rē'jŭn) [TA]
The muscular swelling of the back of the leg below the knee, formed chiefly by the bellies of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles.
Synonym(s): calf.

Patient discussion about calf

Q. I have just developed a pain in my calf - feels like it clicks when I walk, and is a sharp pain I first noticed this problem this morning. As I stepped out of my car, I felt a sharp pain in my left calf, and it has gone worse as the day has gone on. No pain until I walk.

A. as i think of it- fatman's answer seems more logical. but usually people can tell the difference between strained muscle and other stuff. if it was just a pulled muscle he would have thought of it and naturally massage the area. no?

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(2009) reported one case of persistent urachus in calf as congenital malformation.
(1991), reported a lower blood glucose in cattle calves weaned earlier and associated the change with increase in calf starter consumption during the post-weaning period.
Cow or heifer in calf or with calf at foot 1 W and M Seels, 2 P Leyburn.
THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers' Mart plc held their principal autumn sale of beef breeding cattle with 347 head forward, comprising 117 heifers with calves, 76 cows with calves, 50 cows & heifers in calf, three bulls and 101 bulling heifers.