- of or relating to the metatarsus, the part of the foot that includes the bones between the ankle and toes.
- a bone in the metatarsus.
Origin of metatarsal
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It articulates with the second metatarsal and with the navicular.
It articulates with the third metatarsal and with the navicular.
In the hind-limb the hallux is small, and consists of the metatarsal only.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
In front of the metatarsal bones are placed the toes, which are connected with the metatarsal bones by joints.
In the dog and the cat, it is inserted into the ligamentous apparatus of the tarsus, or into the base of the second metatarsal.Artistic Anatomy of Animals
- of or relating to the metatarsus
- any bone of the metatarsus
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Word Origin and History for metatarsal
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- Of or relating to the metatarsus.
- Any of the five long bones that form the anterior portion of the foot and articulate posteriorly with the three cuneiform and the cuboid bones and anteriorly with the five proximal phalanges.
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- Any of the bones of the feet in humans or the back feet in animals that are located between the tarsal bones and the phalanges.
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