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tarsal

[tahr-suh l]
adjective
  1. of or relating to the tarsus of the foot.
  2. pertaining to the tarsi of the eyelids.
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noun
  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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Examples from the Web for tarsals

Historical Examples of tarsals

  • The tarsals are ankylosed respectively to the tibia and metatarsals as in other birds.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The carpals, tarsals, metacarpals, and metatarsals are all free.

  • The third segment consists of nine small bones, the carpals of the wrist or the tarsals of the ankle.

    Degeneracy

    Eugene S. Talbot

  • The distal row of tarsals consists of three very small pieces of calcified cartilage.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for tarsals

tarsal

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or constituting the tarsus or tarsi
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noun
  1. 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.
  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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tarsals in Science

tarsal

[tärsəl]
Adjective
  1. Relating to or involving the ankle.
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Noun
  1. Any of the seven bones of the tarsus.
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