[ met-uh-tahr-suhl ]

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

  1. a bone in the metatarsus.

Origin of metatarsal

First recorded in 1730–40; meta- + tarsal

Other words from metatarsal

  • met·a·tar·sal·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·met·a·tar·sal, adjective

Words Nearby metatarsal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use metatarsal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for metatarsal


/ (ˌmɛtəˈtɑːsəl) anatomy /

  1. of or relating to the metatarsus

  1. any bone of the metatarsus

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Scientific definitions for 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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