of or pertaining 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

intertarsal, adjective
posttarsal, adjective
subtarsal, adjective
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tarsal (ˈtɑːsəl)
1.  of, relating to, or constituting the tarsus or tarsi
2.  a tarsal bone

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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   (tär'səl)  Pronunciation Key 
Adjective   Relating to or involving the ankle.

Noun   Any of the seven bones of the tarsus.
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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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Example sentences
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.
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