[a-strag-uh-luh s]

noun, plural as·trag·a·li [a-strag-uh-lahy] /æˈstræg əˌlaɪ/. Zoology.

(in higher vertebrates) one of the proximal bones of the tarsus; talus.

Origin of astragalus

From New Latin, dating back to 1535–45; see origin at astragal
Related formsas·trag·a·lar, adjectivesub·as·trag·a·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for astragalus

bone, talus, anklebone, tarsus

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noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)

anatomy another name for talus 1

Word Origin for astragalus

C16: via New Latin from Latin: astragal
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