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calcaneus

[kal-key-nee-uh s] /kælˈkeɪ ni əs/
noun, plural calcanei
[kal-key-nee-ahy] /kælˈkeɪ niˌaɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
Anatomy. the largest tarsal bone, forming the prominence of the heel.
2.
Zoology. the corresponding bone in other vertebrates.
Also, calcaneum.
Also called heel bone.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < Late Latin: heel, noun use of calcāneus of the heel; see calcaneum
Related forms
calcaneal, calcanean, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for calcaneus

calcaneus

/kælˈkeɪnɪəs/
noun (pl) -nei (-nɪˌaɪ), -nea (-nɪə)
1.
the largest tarsal bone, forming the heel in man Nontechnical name heel bone
2.
the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
Derived Forms
calcaneal, calcanean, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin: heel, from Latin calx heel
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Word Origin and History for calcaneus
n.

from Latin (os) calcaneum "bone of the heel," from calcem (nominative calx (1)) "heel."

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calcaneus in Medicine

calcaneus cal·ca·ne·us (kāl-kā'nē-əs) or cal·ca·ne·um (-nē-əm)
n. pl. cal·ca·ne·i (-nē-ī') or cal·ca·ne·a (-nē-ə)
The quadrangular bone at the back of the tarsus, the largest of the tarsal bones. Also called heel bone.


cal·ca'ne·al adj.
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