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

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 25 May. 2020.

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