noun, plural met·a·tar·si [met-uh-tahr-sahy] /ˌmɛt əˈtɑr saɪ/. Anatomy, Zoology.
the part of a foot or hind limb, especially its bony structure, included between the tarsus and the toes or phalanges.
Origin of metatarsus
From New Latin,
dating back to 1670–80;
see origin at meta-
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Examples from the Web for metatarsus
Historical Examples of metatarsus
To the tarsus succeeds the metatarsus, whose form reminds us very much of that of the metacarpals.
Met a tar' sal, one of the bones of the metatarsus, between the ankle and the toes.
There is great similarity between Dinosaurs and Pterodactyles seen in the region of the instep, known as the metatarsus.
The bones of the carpus, tarsus, metacarpus and metatarsus are all free; the toes are four to two in number on each foot.
The metatarsus is bald, and the pollex and hallux are very well developed.
British Dictionary definitions for metatarsus
noun plural -si (-saɪ)
the skeleton of the human foot between the toes and the tarsus, consisting of five long bones
the corresponding skeletal part in other vertebrates
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n. pl. met•a•tar•si (-sī, -sē)
The middle part of the foot that forms the instep and includes the five bones between the toes and ankle.
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