metatarsal


metatarsal
metatarsally, adv.
/met'euh tahr"seuhl/, adj.
1. of or pertaining to the metatarsus.
n.
2. a bone in the metatarsus.
[1730-40; META- + TARSAL]

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bone
      any of several tubular bones between the ankle (tarsal) bones and each of the hindlimb digits, in land vertebrates corresponding to the metacarpal bones of the hand (forepaw). In humans the five metatarsal bones help form longitudinal arches along the inner and outer sides of the foot and a transverse arch at the ball of the foot. The first metatarsal (which adjoins the phalanges of the big toe) is enlarged and strengthened for its weight-bearing function in standing and walking on two feet.

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  • Metatarsal — Met a*tar sal, a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the metatarsus. n. A metatarsal bone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • metatarsal — (adj.) 1739, from metatarsus (1670s), from Mod.L. metatarsus, from meta (see META (Cf. meta )) + tarsus (see TARSUS (Cf. tarsus)). As a noun from 1854 …   Etymology dictionary

  • metatarsal — [met΄ə tär′səl] adj. of the metatarsus n. any of the bones of the metatarsus: see SKELETON …   English World dictionary

  • metatarsal — 1. Relating to the metatarsus or to one of the m. bones. See m. (bones) [I–V], under bone. 2. Any one of the m. bones. * * * meta·tar·sal .met ə tär səl adj of, relating to, or being the part of the human foot or of the hind foot in quadrupeds… …   Medical dictionary

  • metatarsal — UK [ˌmetəˈtɑː(r)s(ə)l] / US [ˌmetəˈtɑrs(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms metatarsal : singular metatarsal plural metatarsals medical any of the bones in your foot between your toes and your ankle …   English dictionary

  • metatarsal — I. adjective Date: 1703 of, relating to, or being the part of the human foot or of the hind foot in quadrupeds between the tarsus and the phalanges that in humans comprises five elongated bones which form the front of the instep and ball of the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • metatarsal — /mɛtəˈtasəl/ (say metuh tahsuhl) adjective 1. of or relating to the metatarsus. –noun 2. a metatarsal bone …   Australian English dictionary

  • metatarsal — metatarsus ► NOUN (pl. metatarsi) ▪ the bones of the foot, between the ankle and the toes. DERIVATIVES metatarsal adjective & noun …   English terms dictionary

  • metatarsal — I noun any bone of the foot between the ankle and the toes • Hypernyms: ↑bone, ↑os • Part Holonyms: ↑metatarsus II adjective of or relating to the metatarsus metatarsal bones …   Useful english dictionary

  • metatarsal — 1. adjective Of the metatarsus. 2. noun Any of the bones of the metatarsus …   Wiktionary


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