[ met-uh-tahr-suhs ]

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.

Origin of metatarsus

From New Latin, dating back to 1670–80; see origin at meta-, tarsus

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

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.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
  • In Gallinaceous birds the tarso-metatarsus bears a bony outgrowth which is sheathed in horn and forms a spur.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The distal tarsals fuse with the second, third and fourth metatarsals, forming a compound bone, the tarso-metatarsus.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for metatarsus


/ (ˌmɛtəˈtɑːsəs) /

nounplural -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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