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[ met-uh-tahr-suh s ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈtɑr səs /

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.

Nearby words

metatarsal artery, metatarsalgia, metatarsectomy, metatarsophalangeal, metatarsophalangeal joint, metatarsus, metatarsus latus, metatarsus varus, metate, metathalamus, metatheory

Origin of metatarsus

From New Latin, dating back to 1670–80; see origin at meta-, tarsus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for metatarsus


/ (ˌmɛtəˈtɑːsəs) /

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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Medicine definitions for metatarsus


[ mĕt′ə-tärsəs ]

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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