[ tey-luh s ]
/ ˈteɪ ləs /

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

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

Nearby words

  1. talocrural joint,
  2. talon,
  3. talooka,
  4. talos,
  5. taluk,
  6. talweg,
  7. talys,
  8. tam,
  9. tam-o'-shanter,
  10. tam-tam

Origin of talus

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


[ tey-luh s, tal-uh s ]
/ 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

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


/ (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

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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Medicine definitions for 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.
Related formstalar (-lər) adj.

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Science definitions for talus


[ tāləs ]

Plural tali (lī′)

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

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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