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tarsometatarsus

[ tahr-soh-met-uh-tahr-suhs ]
/ 藢t蓱r so蕣藢m蓻t 蓹藞t蓱r s蓹s /
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noun, plural tar路so路met路a路tar路si [tahr-soh-met-uh-tahr-sahy, -see]. /藢t蓱r so蕣藢m蓻t 蓹藞t蓱r sa瑟, -si/. Ornithology.
the large bone in the lower leg of a bird with which the toe bones articulate, formed by the fusion of tarsal and metatarsal bones.
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Origin of tarsometatarsus

First recorded in 1850鈥55; tarso- + metatarsus

OTHER WORDS FROM tarsometatarsus

tar路so路met路a路tar路sal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tarsometatarsus

tarsometatarsus
/ (藢t蓱藧s蓹蕣藢m蓻t蓹藞t蓱藧s蓹s) /

noun plural -si (-sa瑟)
a bone in the lower part of a bird's leg consisting of the metatarsal bones and some of the tarsal bones fused together

Derived forms of tarsometatarsus

tarsometatarsal, adjective

Word Origin for tarsometatarsus

C19: tarso-, from tarsus + metatarsus
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