[ plan-ti-greyd ]
/ ˈplæn tɪˌgreɪd /


walking on the whole sole of the foot, as humans, and bears.


a plantigrade animal.


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Origin of plantigrade

1825–35; < New Latin plantigradus, equivalent to Latin plant(a) sole + -i- -i- + -gradus -grade

OTHER WORDS FROM plantigrade

sub·plan·ti·grade, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for plantigrade

/ (ˈplæntɪˌɡreɪd) /


walking with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground, as, for example, man and bears


a plantigrade animal

Word Origin for plantigrade

C19: via French from New Latin plantigradus, from Latin planta sole of the foot + gradus a step
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Medical definitions for plantigrade

[ plăntĭ-grād′ ]


Walking with the entire sole on the ground, as humans do.
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Scientific definitions for plantigrade

[ plăntĭ-grād′ ]

Walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground, as humans, bears, raccoons, and rabbits.
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