tarsal

adjective
tar·​sal | \ ˈtär-səl How to pronounce tarsal (audio) \

Definition of tarsal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the tarsus
2 : being or relating to plates of dense connective tissue that serve to stiffen the eyelids

tarsal

noun

Definition of tarsal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tarsal part (such as a bone or cartilage)

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The bones that made the difference seemed to be the bones of the hand and wrist (phalanges, metacarpals, and carpals), the lower arm (radius and ulna), ankles (tarsals), and parts of the leg (femur and fibula, but oddly not the tibia). Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Machine-learning says Homo naledi may not have buried its dead," 6 Apr. 2018 The injury is caused when one or more of the metatarsal bones in one's toes becomes detached from the tarsal bones in the foot. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "LSU football's Andre Anthony more than eager to put his best foot forward," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tarsal

Adjective

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1881, in the meaning defined above

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tarsal

adjective
tar·​sal | \ ˈtar-səl How to pronounce tarsal (audio) \

Medical Definition of tarsal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the tarsus
2 : being or relating to plates of dense connective tissue that serve to stiffen the eyelids

tarsal

noun

Medical Definition of tarsal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tarsal part (as a bone or cartilage)

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