metatarsal

adjective
meta·​tar·​sal | \ ˌme-tə-ˈtär-səl How to pronounce metatarsal (audio) \

Definition of metatarsal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being the part of the human foot or of the hind foot in quadrupeds between the tarsus and the phalanges that in humans comprises five elongated bones which form the front of the instep and ball of the foot

metatarsal

noun

Definition of metatarsal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a metatarsal bone

Examples of metatarsal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Warner had suffered a lisfranc injury, where one or more of the metatarsal bones were displaced from the tarsus. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County pair enjoying undefeated season at BYU," 20 Nov. 2020 Enter: the EnergyRods, which are intended to line up with your metatarsal bones, those thin bones that run through from your toes to your ankles. Mirel Zaman, refinery29.com, "I Tried Adidas’ New Ultra-Hyped Running Shoes, & They Solved My Running Rut," 7 Oct. 2020 The metatarsal bones are one to five, middle joints numbered from big toe on out. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Unique high-tech track waiting for competition at Baldwin Wallace University," 18 Aug. 2020 In the fourth toe, the metatarsal head was domed just like a modern human’s, but other aspects of the shape of the bone looked more ape-like. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The road to bipedalism wasn’t straight and narrow," 15 Aug. 2018 The metatarsal bones run between the midfoot and the toes. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Washington Redskins stock up on Alabama defenders," 29 Apr. 2018 The metatarsal bones run between the midfoot and the toes. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Washington Redskins stock up on Alabama defenders," 29 Apr. 2018 The metatarsal bones run between the midfoot and the toes. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Washington Redskins stock up on Alabama defenders," 29 Apr. 2018 The metatarsal bones run between the midfoot and the toes. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Washington Redskins stock up on Alabama defenders," 29 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Williams missed the team's first 15 games after fracturing the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "Injured again, Louisville men's basketball's Malik Williams to be out 4-6 weeks," 2 Mar. 2021 Williams had a screw inserted into the fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Sept. 23, 2019 after breaking his foot in practice three days prior. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball senior Malik Williams out at least 12 weeks with foot injury," 7 Nov. 2020 The two-time team captain will undergo surgery on the fifth metatarsal of his right foot for the second time in less than 14 months after developing a new fracture. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball senior Malik Williams out at least 12 weeks with foot injury," 7 Nov. 2020 The electrode readings revealed that the spiders’ brains and metatarsal organs became active when exposed to low and high frequency sounds. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Ogre-faced spiders have great hearing—without ears," 29 Oct. 2020 Lavender, a 2015 All-Star and 2016 Sixth Woman of the Year, underwent surgery on the fifth metatarsal in her left foot before the 2020 season and will not play this season. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Fever acquire former All-Star center Jantel Lavender for forward Stephanie Mavunga," 28 Aug. 2020 Joiner is believed to have a Jones fracture, which is a break to the fifth metatarsal, or the outside of the foot. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona football: Demetrice Martin’s departure means more change for Wildcats' defense," 3 Mar. 2020 The next day, a doctor informed me that my fifth metatarsal was fractured. James Barrett, Redbook, "What It’s Like To Go On Workers’ Comp At Age 24," 21 Feb. 2020 Embiid has been diagnosed with a torn radial collateral ligament of the fourth metatarsal in his left hand and there is no timetable for his return. Ky Carlin, Sixers Wire, "Sixers’ Joel Embiid diagnosed with torn ligament in left hand," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of metatarsal

Adjective

1703, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Metatarsal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metatarsal. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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metatarsal

adjective
meta·​tar·​sal | \ ˌmet-ə-ˈtär-səl How to pronounce metatarsal (audio) \

Medical Definition of metatarsal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being the part of the human foot or of the hind foot in quadrupeds between the tarsus and the phalanges that in humans comprises five elongated bones which form the front of the instep and ball of the foot

metatarsal

noun

Medical Definition of metatarsal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a metatarsal bone

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