calcaneus

[ kal-key-nee-uhs ]

noun,plural cal·ca·ne·i [kal-key-nee-ahy]. /kælˈkeɪ niˌaɪ/.
  1. Anatomy. the largest tarsal bone, forming the prominence of the heel.

  2. Zoology. the corresponding bone in other vertebrates.

Origin of calcaneus

1
1920–25; <Late Latin: heel, noun use of calcāneus of the heel; see calcaneum

Other words from calcaneus

  • cal·ca·ne·al, cal·ca·ne·an, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for calcaneus

calcaneus

calcaneum (kælˈkeɪnɪəm)

/ (kælˈkeɪnɪəs) /


nounplural -nei (-nɪˌaɪ) or -nea (-nɪə)
  1. the largest tarsal bone, forming the heel in man: Nontechnical name: heel bone

  2. the corresponding bone in other vertebrates

Origin of calcaneus

1
C19: from Late Latin: heel, from Latin calx heel

Derived forms of calcaneus

  • calcaneal or calcanean, adjective

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