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noun, plural cal·ca·ne·i [kal-key-nee-ahy]. /kælˈkeɪ niˌaɪ/.

Anatomy. the largest tarsal bone, forming the prominence of the heel.
Zoology. the corresponding bone in other vertebrates.



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Also calcaneum.
Also called heel bone.

Origin of calcaneus

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


cal·ca·ne·al, cal·ca·ne·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for calcaneus


calcaneum (kælˈkeɪnɪəm)

/ (kælˈkeɪnɪəs) /

noun plural -nei (-nɪˌaɪ) or -nea (-nɪə)

the largest tarsal bone, forming the heel in manNontechnical name: heel bone
the corresponding bone in other vertebrates

Derived forms of calcaneus

calcaneal or calcanean, adjective

Word Origin for calcaneus

C19: from Late Latin: heel, from Latin calx heel
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Medical definitions for calcaneus

[ kăl-kānē-əs ]

n. pl. cal•ca•ne•i (-nē-ī′)

The quadrangular bone at the back of the tarsus, the largest of the tarsal bones.heel bone

Other words from calcaneus

cal•cane•al adj.
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