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, 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, 7 Oct. 2020 The metatarsal bones are one to five, middle joints numbered from big toe on out. Marc Bona, cleveland, 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, 15 Aug. 2018 The metatarsal bones run between the midfoot and the toes. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, 29 Apr. 2018 The metatarsal bones run between the midfoot and the toes. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, 29 Apr. 2018 The metatarsal bones run between the midfoot and the toes. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, 29 Apr. 2018 The metatarsal bones run between the midfoot and the toes. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, 29 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My full weight landed on that foot, on the edge of the step, and the little fifth metatarsal bone fractured. Pam Peirce, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2022 The footbed is polyurethane but features the same arch and metatarsal support as the classic design. Outside Online, 14 Mar. 2022 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (right ankle; sprain), Vit Krejci (right ankle; sprain), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (right foot; third metatarsal fracture), Isaiah Roby (right ankle; sprain) and Aaron Wiggins (right ankle; sprain) are out. oregonlive, 4 Feb. 2022 As a junior in September of 2019, the 6-foot-11 Williams first broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 23 Nov. 2021 In September, Pelicans vice president David Griffin said Williamson broke his fifth metatarsal in his right foot prior to summer league play. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 3 Dec. 2021 In the early waves of media reports about this foot injury, Fox’s Jay Glazer said Henry broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot. Gentry Estes, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2021 Lawrence fractured his fifth metatarsal in a 1-on-1 rush drill Wednesday. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 According to the reports, the fear was that Henry sustained a Jones fracture, which is a break between the base and the middle part of the fifth metatarsal of the foot. Ben Arthur, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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