tarsus

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noun tar·sus \ˈtär-səs\

Definition of tarsus

plural

tarsi

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  1. 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 limb

  2. 2 :  the tarsal plate of the eyelid

  3. 3 :  the distal part of the limb of an arthropod

  4. 4 :  tarsometatarsus

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


First Known Use: circa 1615


Tarsus

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geographical name Tar·sus \ˈtär-səs\

Definition of Tarsus

  1. city S Turkey near the Cilician Gates ∗ of ancient Cilicia pop 187,508


TARSUS Defined for English Language Learners

tarsus

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noun tar·sus \ˈtär-səs\

Definition of tarsus for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

tarsus

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noun tar·sus \ˈtär-səs\

Medical Definition of tarsus

plural

tarsi

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  1. 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

  2. 2:  tarsal plate

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