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 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 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 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 Cox had double-doubles in each of Baylor's first two games before an MRI showed a stress reaction to the second metatarsal on her right foot. Houston Chronicle, "Cox back for No. 6 Baylor women in win over Morehead," 30 Dec. 2019 After a battery of tests, PSG announced that Neymar had a cracked the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, along with an ankle injury. Samuel Peterquin, chicagotribune.com, "Emery denies dispute with Brazil doctors over Neymar injury," 2 Mar. 2018 Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press The Detroit Pistons announced Wednesday that guard Khyri Thomas had surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Khyri Thomas has right foot surgery, to be re-evaluated in six weeks," 13 Nov. 2019 Safety Derwin James — one of the most dynamic defensive rookies in the league last season — suffered a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot during training camp. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Los Angeles Chargers' Russell Okung to miss at least first six weeks of season," 31 Aug. 2019 During a routine victory over Strasbourg in the Coupe de France earlier this year, Neymar left the pitch in tears and was taken straight to hospital for scans after fracturing a metatarsal bone. SI.com, "Neymar: 6 Defining Moments of the Brazilian's Two Years at Paris Saint-Germain," 3 Aug. 2019 Chargers safety Derwin James underwent successful surgery on Thursday to repair a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Chargers Safety Derwin James Underwent Successful Surgery on Stress Fracture in Foot," 22 Aug. 2019

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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 Feb. 2020.

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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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