tarsus

noun
tar·​sus | \ ˈtär-səs How to pronounce tarsus (audio) \
plural tarsi\ ˈtär-​ˌsī How to pronounce tarsi (audio) , -​ˌsē \

Definition of tarsus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Tarsus

geographical name
Tar·​sus | \ ˈtär-səs How to pronounce Tarsus (audio) \

Definition of Tarsus (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southern Turkey near the Cilician Gates population 187,508

Note: Tarsus was the capital of ancient Cilicia.

First Known Use of tarsus

Noun

circa 1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tarsus

Noun

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

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English Language Learners Definition of tarsus

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

tarsus

noun
tar·​sus | \ ˈtär-səs How to pronounce tarsus (audio) \
plural tarsi\ -​ˌsī How to pronounce tarsi (audio) , -​ˌsē How to pronounce tarsi (audio) \

Medical Definition of tarsus

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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