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astragalus

[a-strag-uh-luh s] /æˈstræg ə ləs/
noun, plural astragali
[a-strag-uh-lahy] /æˈstræg əˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA).
Zoology
1.
(in higher vertebrates) one of the proximal bones of the tarsus; talus.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Neo-Latin; see astragal
Related forms
astragalar, adjective
subastragalar, adjective
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Examples from the web for astragalus
  • It was half of a pulley-shaped anklebone, known as an astragalus, belonging to another new species of whale.
  • One particular ankle bone, the astragalus, had the potential to settle the debate.
  • astragalus extracts have been safely consumed by humans for over a thousand years and are available in any vitamin shop.
British Dictionary definitions for astragalus

astragalus

/æˈstræɡələs/
noun (pl) -li (-ˌlaɪ)
1.
(anatomy) another name for talus1
Word Origin
C16: via New Latin from Latin: astragal
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astragalus in Medicine

astragalus as·trag·a·lus (ə-strāg'ə-ləs)
n.
See talus.

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