|—n , pl -si|
|1.||the bones of the ankle and heel, collectively|
|2.||a. the corresponding part in other mammals and in amphibians and reptiles|
|b. another name for tarsometatarsus|
|3.||the dense connective tissue supporting the free edge of each eyelid|
|4.||the part of an insect's leg that lies distal to the tibia|
|[C17: from New Latin, from Greek tarsos flat surface, instep]|
|1.||a city in SE Turkey, on the Tarsus River: site of ruins of ancient Tarsus, capital of Cilicia, and birthplace of St Paul. Pop: 231 000 (2005 est)|
|2.||Ancient name: Cydnus a river in SE Turkey, in Cilicia, rising in the Taurus Mountains and flowing south past Tarsus to the Mediterranean. Length: 153 km (95 miles)|
tarsus tar·sus (tär'səs)
n. pl. tar·si (-sī)
The area of articulation between the foot and the leg, comprising the seven bones of the instep: the talus, calcaneus, navicular, three cuneiform, and cuboid bones.
The fibrous plate that supports and shapes the edges of the eyelids. Also called tarsal plate.
|tarsus (tär'səs) Pronunciation Key
Plural tarsi (tär'sī, -sē)
the chief city of Cilicia. It was distinguished for its wealth and for its schools of learning, in which it rivalled, nay, excelled even Athens and Alexandria, and hence was spoken of as "no mean city." It was the native place of the Apostle Paul (Acts 21:39). It stood on the banks of the river Cydnus, about 12 miles north of the Mediterranean. It is said to have been founded by Sardanapalus, king of Assyria. It is now a filthy, ruinous Turkish town, called Tersous. (See PAUL.)