talus

noun (1)
ta·​lus | \ ˈtā-ləs How to pronounce talus (audio) , ˈta- \

Definition of talus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a slope formed especially by an accumulation of rock debris
2 : rock debris at the base of a cliff

talus

noun (2)
ta·​lus | \ ˈtā-ləs How to pronounce talus (audio) \
plural tali\ ˈtā-​ˌlī How to pronounce talus (audio) \

Definition of talus (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the human tarsal bone that bears the weight of the body and that together with the tibia and fibula forms the ankle joint
2 : the entire ankle

First Known Use of talus

Noun (1)

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for talus

Noun (1)

French, from Middle French, probably from Vulgar Latin *talutum side, slope; akin to Latin talutium slope indicating presence of gold under the soil

Noun (2)

New Latin, from Latin

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“Talus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talus. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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talus

noun
ta·​lus | \ ˈtā-ləs How to pronounce talus (audio) \
plural tali\ ˈtā-​ˌlī How to pronounce talus (audio) \

Medical Definition of talus

1 : the human astragalus that bears the weight of the body and together with the tibia and fibula forms the ankle joint

called also anklebone

2 : the entire ankle

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