tarsal

[tahr-suh l]
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adjective

of or relating to the tarsus of the foot.
pertaining to the tarsi of the eyelids.

noun

a tarsal bone, joint, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. tarry,
  2. tarry cyst,
  3. tarrytown,
  4. tars-,
  5. tarsadenitis,
  6. tarsal artery,
  7. tarsal bone,
  8. tarsal canal,
  9. tarsal cyst,
  10. tarsal gland

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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British Dictionary definitions for tarsal

tarsal

adjective

of, relating to, or constituting the tarsus or tarsi

noun

a tarsal bone
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Word Origin and History for tarsal

tarsal

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for tarsal

tarsal

[tärsəl]

adj.

Of, relating to, or situated near the tarsus of the foot.
Of or relating to the tarsus of the eyelid.

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Science definitions for tarsal

tarsal

[tärsəl]

Adjective

Relating to or involving the ankle.

Noun

Any of the seven bones of the tarsus.
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