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adjective Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. of or relating to the sole of the foot.

Origin of plantar

1700–10; < Latin plantāris, equivalent to plant(a) sole of the foot + -āris -ar1
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Examples from the Web for plantar

Historical Examples

  • It is also less upon the palmar and plantar surfaces than elsewhere.

    A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I


  • Running along the plantar groove, it gains the plantar foramen.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

    Harry Caulton Reeks

  • This median ridge fits into the cleft of the plantar cushion.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

    Harry Caulton Reeks

  • Or it may be, of course, that it was in the plantar aponeurosis the disease commenced.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

    Harry Caulton Reeks

  • The inferior surface is slightly hollowed, and is in relation with the sole, or plantar surface of the hoof.

British Dictionary definitions for plantar


  1. of, relating to, or occurring on the sole of the foot or a corresponding partplantar warts

Word Origin

C18: from Latin plantāris, from planta sole of the foot
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Word Origin and History for plantar


1706, from Latin plantaris "pertaining to the sole of the foot," from planta "sole of the foot" (see plant (n.)).

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plantar in Medicine


(plăntər, -tär′)
  1. Of, relating to, or occurring on the sole.
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