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[met-uh-tahr-suh l] /ˌmɛt əˈtɑr səl/ Anatomy
of or relating to the metatarsus, the part of the foot that includes the bones between the ankle and toes.
a bone in the metatarsus.
Origin of metatarsal
1730-40; meta- + tarsal
Related forms
metatarsally, adverb
intermetatarsal, adjective Unabridged
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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


of or relating to the metatarsus
any bone of the metatarsus
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Word Origin and History for metatarsal

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)
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
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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