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tarsal

adjective tar·sal \ ˈtär-səl \

Definition of tarsal

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

First Known Use of tarsal

1817

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tarsal

noun

Definition of tarsal

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

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First Known Use of tarsal

1881

in the meaning defined above

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Medical Dictionary

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tarsal

adjective tar·sal \ ˈtar-səl \

medical Definition of tarsal

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

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tarsal

noun

medical Definition of tarsal

: a tarsal part (as a bone or cartilage)


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