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[met-uh-tahr-suh s]
noun, plural met·a·tar·si [met-uh-tahr-sahy] /ˌmɛt əˈtɑr saɪ/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. 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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Origin of metatarsus

From New Latin, dating back to 1670–80; see origin at meta-, tarsus
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Examples from the Web for metatarsus

Historical Examples

  • To the tarsus succeeds the metatarsus, whose form reminds us very much of that of the metacarpals.

    Artistic Anatomy of Animals

    douard Cuyer

  • 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.

    Dragons of the Air

    H. G. Seeley

  • 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)
  1. the skeleton of the human foot between the toes and the tarsus, consisting of five long bones
  2. the corresponding skeletal part in other vertebrates
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metatarsus in Medicine


n. pl. met•a•tar•si (-sī, -sē)
  1. The middle part of the foot that forms the instep and includes the five bones between the toes and ankle.
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