tarsus

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tarsus \Tar"sus\, noun; pl. {Tarsi}. [NL., fr. Gr. ? the flat of the foot, the edge of the eyelid. Cf. 2d {Tarse}.]

1. (Anat.) (a) The ankle; the bones or cartilages of the part of the foot between the metatarsus and the leg, consisting in man of seven short bones. (b) A plate of dense connective tissue or cartilage in the eyelid of man and many animals; -- called also {tarsal cartilage}, and {tarsal plate}.

2. (Zool.) The foot of an insect or a crustacean. It usually consists of form two to five joints.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

tarsus

noun

1: the part of the foot of a vertebrate between the metatarsus and the leg; in human beings the bones of the ankle and heel collectively


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