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[tahr-suh l]
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  1. of or relating to the tarsus of the foot.
  2. pertaining to the tarsi of the eyelids.
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  1. a tarsal bone, joint, or the like.
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Origin of tarsal

First recorded in 1810–20; tars(us) + -al1
Related formsin·ter·tar·sal, adjectivepost·tar·sal, adjectivesub·tar·sal, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • I was also glad to be reminded of teeth of camel and tarsal bones.

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  • The palpal organ is outside the tarsal joint, as it is in the Mygales.

  • Shortening the eyelid by excision of a portion of the tarsal plate.

  • The condition of the tarsal fold is characteristic of the species.

  • The legs consist of six joints, the tarsal joints being large and two in number, and bearing a pair of terminal curved claws.

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British Dictionary definitions for tarsal


  1. of, relating to, or constituting the tarsus or tarsi
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  1. a tarsal bone
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Word Origin and History for tarsal


1817, from Modern Latin tarsalis, from Latin tarsus (see tarsus).

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tarsal in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or situated near the tarsus of the foot.
  2. Of or relating to the tarsus of the eyelid.
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tarsal in Science


  1. Relating to or involving the ankle.
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  1. Any of the seven bones of the tarsus.
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