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[tahr-suh l] /ˈtɑr səl/
of or relating to the tarsus of the foot.
pertaining to the tarsi of the eyelids.
a tarsal bone, joint, or the like.
1810-20; tars(us) + -al1
Related forms
intertarsal, adjective
posttarsal, adjective
subtarsal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tarsal
  • If your feet pronate excessively a nerve in your ankle could be getting pinched in what is known as the tarsal tunnel.
  • The tarsal conjunctiva is a velvety red and not particularly follicular.
British Dictionary definitions for tarsal


of, relating to, or constituting the tarsus or tarsi
a tarsal bone
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Word Origin and History for tarsal

1817, from Modern Latin tarsalis, from Latin tarsus (see tarsus).

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tarsal in Medicine

tarsal tar·sal (tär'səl)

  1. Of, relating to, or situated near the tarsus of the foot.

  2. Of or relating to the tarsus of the eyelid.

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tarsal in Science
Adjective  Relating to or involving the ankle.

Noun  Any of the seven bones of the tarsus.
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Encyclopedia Article for tarsal

any of several short, angular bones that in humans make up the ankle and that-in animals that walk on their toes (e.g., dogs, cats) or on hoofs-are contained in the hock, lifted off the ground. The tarsals correspond to the carpal bones of the upper limb. In humans the tarsals, in combination with the metatarsal bones, form a longitudinal arch in the foot-a shape well adapted for carrying and transferring weight in bipedal locomotion.

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