• WordNet 3.6
    • adj metatarsal of or relating to the metatarsus "metatarsal bones"
    • n metatarsal any bone of the foot between the ankle and the toes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Metatarsal (Anat) Of or pertaining to the metatarsus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • metatarsal Of or pertaining to the metatarsus, or to one of the bones that form it.
    • n metatarsal One of the bones of the metatarsus. They are not more than five in number, reckoned as first, etc., from the inner to the outer side of the foot. When there are fewer than five, it is always the lateral metatarsals which have disappeared, so that an animal with three metatarsals has lost the first and fifth; in one with a single metatarsal the third or middle one remains. Metatarsals may ankylose together, as two do in the metatarsus of the ox, and three in that of any recent bird : in the latter case the compound bone is further complicated by fusion with it of tarsal elements, constituting a tarsometatarsus (which see). See cut at metatarsus
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Metatarsal met-a-tär′sal belonging to the front part of the foot, behind the toes, nearly the same as the instep in man
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. meta, beyond, tarsos, the flat of the foot.


In literature:

The fourth metatarsal is much larger than the second.
"A History of Science, Volume 3(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
The tarso-metatarsal, or drumstick, exhibits at its distal end a trifid articular surface supporting three toes, as in birds.
"The Geological Evidence of The Antiquity of Man" by Charles Lyell
The bones of the foot, 26 in number, consist of the tarsal bones, the metatarsal, and the phalanges.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Perforating ulcer is met with most frequently under the head of the metatarsal bone of the great toe.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The tarsal and the metatarsal bones are so united as to give an arched appearance to the foot, thus imparting elasticity.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The metatarsals, or larger bones of the hind leg.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
Tarsal, metatarsal, and small digital branches spring from the dorsal artery of the foot.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
The most common site is over the articulation of the metatarsal bone with the phalanx of the first or last toe.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
The bases of the metatarsal bones are displaced laterally and towards the dorsum.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
The METATARSAL bones are five in number.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter

In news:

The foot is made up of tarsal bones, metatarsal bones and phalanges.
Metatarsal boot is made from ozone-resistant rubber.
Coalescing with the fourth metatarsal bone.
A tiny crack in the surface of a bone, usually in the lower leg or the metatarsals of the foot.
The fourth metatarsal of the Burtele partial foot right after discovery in Stephanie Melillo's hand.
The Mets catcher injured his fifth metatarsal when Todd Helton fouled a pitch off him.
He broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in the preseason and missed the first five games.
Solon (Ohio) senior left-handed pitcher Matt Smoral developed a stress fracture in the fourth metatarsal on his right foot and will be out for the season, his father, Steve, told ESPNHS.
Devotees believe certain metatarsal pressure points correspond to certain organs and glands, and that foot massage promotes balance and reduces tension.
The Bogs® Journeyman STMG offers protection and safety with a Poron metatarsal guard and Bio-Grip ASTM-approved chemical and slip-resistant non-marking deep lug outsole for added traction and durability.

In science:

Virtually no significant difference can be identified under the first metatarsal bone, but significant difference (p < 0.05) can be noticed under the first proximal phalanx bone.
Natural gaits of the non-pathological flat foot and high-arched foot