metatarsal

[met-uh-tahr-suh l]Anatomy
noun
  1. a bone in the metatarsus.

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
  1. of or relating to the metatarsus
noun
  1. any bone of the metatarsus
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Word Origin and History for 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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metatarsal in Medicine

metatarsal

[mĕt′ə-tärsəl]
adj.
  1. Of or relating to the metatarsus.
n.
  1. 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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metatarsal in Science

metatarsal

[mĕt′ə-tärsəl]
  1. 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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