cal·​ca·​ne·​us | \ kal-ˈkā-nē-əs How to pronounce calcaneus (audio) \
plural calcanei\ kal-​ˈkā-​nē-​ˌī \

Definition of calcaneus

: a tarsal bone that in humans is the large bone of the heel

Examples of calcaneus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The medical literature back then had nothing on fractures of the calcaneus, or heel bone, even though those are the most common fractures of the foot. Breanna Draxler, National Geographic, "A fall shattered his body. These medical marvels pieced him back together.," 21 Aug. 2020 On my right side, the calcaneus—the heel—was broken into at least six pieces. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "Hans Florine on His Terrifying El Cap Fall," 9 May 2018 So, in space there’s a lot of bone degradation so there’s a lot of osteoporosis, especially in the calcaneus, the heel bone. Kristi Myllenbeck, The Mercury News, "Two Cupertino students shine in Mars Medical Challenge," 7 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of calcaneus

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calcaneus

Late Latin, heel, alteration of Latin calcaneum

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“Calcaneus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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cal·​ca·​ne·​us | \ -nē-əs How to pronounce calcaneus (audio) \
plural calcanei\ -​nē-​ˌī How to pronounce calcanei (audio) \

Medical Definition of calcaneus

: a tarsal bone that in humans is the large bone of the heel

called also heel bone, os calcis

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