Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

plantigrade

[plan-ti-greyd]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. walking on the whole sole of the foot, as humans, and bears.
Show More
noun
  1. a plantigrade animal.
Show More

Origin of plantigrade

1825–35; < New Latin plantigradus, equivalent to Latin plant(a) sole + -i- -i- + -gradus -grade
Related formssub·plan·ti·grade, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for plantigrade

Historical Examples

  • Plantigrade: species that walk on the entire foot, not on the claws alone.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • It is plantigrade —that is, it stands lower on the hind-legs than in front.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Very few animals do this, and those that do are said to be plantigrade.

  • It was none other than the paw-mark of Mr. Bear, who is a plantigrade and walks flat-footed.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville

  • The pes is digitigrade or plantigrade, and has three, rarely four, digits.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for plantigrade

plantigrade

adjective
  1. walking with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground, as, for example, man and bears
Show More
noun
  1. a plantigrade animal
Show More

Word Origin

C19: via French from New Latin plantigradus, from Latin planta sole of the foot + gradus a step
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for plantigrade

adj.

1831, from French plantigrade "walking on the sole of the foot" (1795), from Latin planta "sole of the foot" (see plant (n.)) + gradus "step" (see grade (n.)).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

plantigrade in Medicine

plantigrade

(plăntĭ-grād′)
adj.
  1. Walking with the entire sole on the ground, as humans do.
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

plantigrade in Science

plantigrade

[plăntĭ-grād′]
  1. Walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground, as humans, bears, raccoons, and rabbits.
Show More
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.