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.

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 tarsals

tarsal

adjective

of, relating to, or constituting the tarsus or tarsi

noun

a tarsal bone
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Word Origin and History for tarsals

tarsal

adj.

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

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tarsals in Medicine

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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tarsals in Science

tarsal

[tärsəl]

Adjective

Relating to or involving the ankle.

Noun

Any of the seven bones of the tarsus.
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