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metatarsal

[met-uh-tahr-suh l] /ˌmɛt əˈtɑr səl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the metatarsus.
noun
2.
a bone in the metatarsus.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; meta- + tarsal
Related forms
metatarsally, adverb
intermetatarsal, adjective
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Examples from the web for metatarsal
  • The animal's metatarsal bones were covered in long, asymmetric flight feathers.
  • The anterior surface, kidney-shaped and much larger than the posterior, articulates with the first metatarsal bone.
  • Farther forward the base of the fifth metatarsal bone is prominent, and from it the body and expanded head can be traced.
  • Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation in the tissue that connects the heel bone to the metatarsal bones.
  • The surgery was to repair a non-displaced stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot.
British Dictionary definitions for metatarsal

metatarsal

/ˌmɛtəˈtɑːsəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the metatarsus
noun
2.
any bone of the metatarsus
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Word Origin and History for metatarsal
adj.

1739, from metatarsus (1670s), from Modern Latin metatarsus, from meta- (see meta-) + tarsus (see tarsus). As a noun from 1854.

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metatarsal in Medicine

metatarsal met·a·tar·sal (mět'ə-tär'səl)
adj.
Of or relating to the metatarsus. n.
Any of the five long bones that form the anterior portion of the foot and articulate posteriorly with the three cuneiform and the cuboid bones and anteriorly with the five proximal phalanges.


met'a·tar'sal·ly adv.
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metatarsal in Science
metatarsal
  (mět'ə-tär'səl)   
Any of the bones of the feet in humans or the back feet in animals that are located between the tarsal bones and the phalanges.
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Encyclopedia Article for metatarsal

any of several tubular bones between the ankle (tarsal) bones and each of the hindlimb digits, in land vertebrates corresponding to the metacarpal bones of the hand (forepaw). In humans the five metatarsal bones help form longitudinal arches along the inner and outer sides of the foot and a transverse arch at the ball of the foot. The first metatarsal (which adjoins the phalanges of the big toe) is enlarged and strengthened for its weight-bearing function in standing and walking on two feet

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