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tarsal

[tahr-suh l] /ˈtɑr səl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the tarsus of the foot.
2.
pertaining to the tarsi of the eyelids.
noun
3.
a tarsal bone, joint, or the like.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; tars(us) + -al1
Related forms
intertarsal, adjective
posttarsal, adjective
subtarsal, adjective
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Examples from the web for tarsals
  • The first type of joint is the plane or gliding joint, found in the foot between the tarsals and in the hand among the carpals.
  • The tarsals are fused with the second and third metatarsals.
British Dictionary definitions for tarsals

tarsal

/ˈtɑːsəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or constituting the tarsus or tarsi
noun
2.
a tarsal bone
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Word Origin and History for tarsals

tarsal

adj.

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

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tarsals in Medicine

tarsal tar·sal (tär'səl)
adj.

  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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tarsals in Science
tarsal
  (tär'səl)   
Adjective  Relating to or involving the ankle.

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

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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