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plantigrade

[plan-ti-greyd] /ˈplæn tɪˌgreɪd/
adjective
1.
walking on the whole sole of the foot, as humans, and bears.
noun
2.
a plantigrade animal.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Neo-Latin plantigradus, equivalent to Latin plant(a) sole + -i- -i- + -gradus -grade
Related forms
subplantigrade, adjective
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  • Several treatment schedules in these test conditions killed veliger and plantigrade stages of the zebra mussels.
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plantigrade

/ˈplæntɪˌɡreɪd/
adjective
1.
walking with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground, as, for example, man and bears
noun
2.
a plantigrade animal
Word Origin
C19: via French from New Latin plantigradus, from Latin planta sole of the foot + gradus a step
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Word Origin and History for plantigrade
adj.

1831, from French plantigrade "walking on the sole of the foot" (1795), from Latin planta "sole of the foot" (see plant (n.)) + gradus "step" (see grade (n.)).

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plantigrade in Medicine

plantigrade plan·ti·grade (plān'tĭ-grād')
adj.
Walking with the entire sole on the ground, as humans do.

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plantigrade in Science
plantigrade
  (plān'tĭ-grād')   
Walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground, as humans, bears, raccoons, and rabbits.
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