talus

1
[ tey-luhs ]
/ ˈteɪ ləs /

noun, plural ta·li [tey-lahy]. /ˈteɪ laɪ/. Anatomy.

the uppermost bone of the proximal row of bones of the tarsus; anklebone.

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Origin of talus

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First recorded in 1685–95, talus is from the Latin word tālus ankle, anklebone, die. See tassel

Definition for talus (2 of 2)

talus2
[ tey-luhs, tal-uhs ]
/ ˈteɪ ləs, ˈtæl əs /

noun, plural ta·lus·es.

a slope.
Geology. a sloping mass of rocky fragments at the base of a cliff.
Fortification. the slope of the face of a work.

Origin of talus

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1635–45; <French: pseudo-learned alteration of Old French talu slope <Latin talūtium gold-bearing slope or talus (Vulgar Latin: slope), perhaps of Iberian origin
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British Dictionary definitions for talus (1 of 2)

talus1
/ (ˈteɪləs) /

noun plural -li (-laɪ)

the bone of the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle jointNontechnical name: anklebone

Word Origin for talus

C18: from Latin: ankle

British Dictionary definitions for talus (2 of 2)

talus2
/ (ˈteɪləs) /

noun plural -luses

geology another name for scree
fortifications the sloping side of a wall

Word Origin for talus

C17: from French, from Latin talūtium slope, perhaps of Iberian origin
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Medical definitions for talus

talus
[ tāləs ]

n. pl. ta•li (-lī′)

The bone of the ankle that articulates with the tibia and fibula to form the ankle joint.anklebone astragalus
The ankle.

Other words from talus

talar (-lər) adj.
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Scientific definitions for talus (1 of 2)

talus1
[ tāləs ]

Plural tali (lī′)

The bone of the ankle that articulates with the tibia and fibula to form the ankle joint.

Scientific definitions for talus (2 of 2)

talus2
[ tāləs ]

Plural taluses

Rock fragments that have accumulated at the base of a cliff or slope.♦ The concave slope formed by such an accumulation of rock fragments is called a talus slope.
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