tarsometatarsus

noun
tar·​so·​meta·​tar·​sus | \ ˈtär-(ˌ)sō-ˈme-tə-ˌtär-səs How to pronounce tarsometatarsus (audio) \

Definition of tarsometatarsus

: the large compound bone of the lower leg of a bird that is formed by fusion of the metatarsals with the distal end of the tarsus also : the segment of the limb it supports

Examples of tarsometatarsus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers study owl fossils by looking at the shapes of their bones, including their tarsometatarsus, Smith said in an interview with LiveScience. Fox News, "Massive, prehistoric owl with 'hunting feet' discovered," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of tarsometatarsus

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tarsometatarsus

New Latin, from tarsus + -o- + metatarsus

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“Tarsometatarsus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarsometatarsus. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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