the part of a foot or hind limb, especially its bony structure, included between the tarsus and the toes or phalanges.
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How to use metatarsus in a sentence
His feet are strong and made for digging; the metatarsus is elongated, and he has five toes on each foot.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
There is great similarity between Dinosaurs and Pterodactyles seen in the region of the instep, known as the metatarsus.Dragons of the Air | H. G. Seeley
The toes and tarso-metatarsus are usually featherless and are covered either with granular structures or with well-formed scales.
In Gallinaceous birds the tarso-metatarsus bears a bony outgrowth which is sheathed in horn and forms a spur.
The distal tarsals fuse with the second, third and fourth metatarsals, forming a compound bone, the tarso-metatarsus.
British Dictionary definitions for metatarsus
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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