metatarsal

[met-uh-tahr-suh l]Anatomy
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adjective

of or relating to the metatarsus, the part of the foot that includes the bones between the ankle and toes.

noun

a bone in the metatarsus.

Nearby words

  1. metastasise,
  2. metastasize,
  3. metastatic abscess,
  4. metastatic calcification,
  5. metatag,
  6. metatarsal arch,
  7. metatarsal artery,
  8. metatarsalgia,
  9. metatarsectomy,
  10. metatarsophalangeal

Origin of metatarsal

First recorded in 1730–40; meta- + tarsal

Related formsmet·a·tar·sal·ly, adverbin·ter·met·a·tar·sal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for metatarsal

metatarsal

adjective

of or relating to the metatarsus

noun

any bone of the metatarsus
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Word Origin and History for metatarsal

metatarsal

adj.

1739, from metatarsus (1670s), from Modern Latin metatarsus, from meta- (see meta-) + tarsus (see tarsus). As a noun from 1854.

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Medicine definitions for metatarsal

metatarsal

[mĕt′ə-tärsəl]

adj.

Of or relating to the metatarsus.

n.

Any of the five long bones that form the anterior portion of the foot and articulate posteriorly with the three cuneiform and the cuboid bones and anteriorly with the five proximal phalanges.

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Science definitions for metatarsal

metatarsal

[mĕt′ə-tärsəl]

Any of the bones of the feet in humans or the back feet in animals that are located between the tarsal bones and the phalanges.
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