tarsus

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noun tar·sus \ ˈtär-səs \

Definition of tarsus

plural tarsi play \-ˌsī, -ˌsē\
1 :the part of the foot of a vertebrate between the metatarsus and the leg; also :the small bones that support this part of the foot and include bones of the ankle, heel, and arch
2 :the tarsal plate of the eyelid
3 :the distal part of the limb of an arthropod

Origin and Etymology of tarsus

New Latin, from Greek tarsos wickerwork mat, flat of the foot, ankle, edge of the eyelid; akin to Greek tersesthai to become dry — more at thirst


Tarsus

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geographical name Tar·sus \ ˈtär-səs \

Definition of Tarsus

city in southern Turkey near the Cilician Gates population 187,508
Note: Tarsus was the capital of ancient Cilicia.

TARSUS Defined for English Language Learners

tarsus

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Definition of tarsus for English Language Learners

  • : the ankle or one of the seven small bones in the ankle


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tarsus

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noun tar·sus \ ˈtär-səs \

medical Definition of tarsus

plural tarsi play \-ˌsī, -ˌsē\
1 :the part of the foot of a vertebrate between the metatarsus and the leg; also :the small bones supporting this part of the limb that include the three cuneiform bones and the cuboid in a distal row and the navicular, calcaneus, and talus in a proximal row

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