• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tarsal of or relating to or near the tarsus of the foot "tarsal bones"
    • n tarsal any bone of the tarsus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tarsal (Anat) Of or pertaining to the tarsus (either of the foot or eye).
    • n Tarsal (Zoƶl) Same as Tercel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tarsal Of or pertaining to the tarsus, ankle, or instep of the foot: correlated with carpal: as, tarsal bones; tarsal articulations.
    • tarsal Of or pertaining to the tarsometatarsus of a bird, commonly called the tarsus, between the heel and the bases of the toes: as, the tarsal envelop; tarsal scutella.
    • tarsal Of or pertaining to the last segment of an insect's leg: as, tarsal joints; tarsal claws.
    • tarsal Of or pertaining to the tarsi of the eyelids: as, tarsal cartilages; the tarsal muscle.
    • tarsal Heteromera, having the four anterior tarsi five-jointed and the two posterior four-jointed;
    • tarsal Tetramera, having four joints to all the tarsi;
    • tarsal Trimera, having three joints to all the tarsi.
    • tarsal To these Latreille added Dimera, having two joints to all the tarsi, and
    • tarsal Monomera, having but a single tarsal joint in each foot. Some of these divisions are now known to have rested on imperfect observations, and all are subject to exceptions among closely allied species; hence the tarsal system has been generally abandoned or modified, though in many respects it approached a natural classification, and, admitting the exceptions, the divisions can still be used with advantage. Its convenience is such that attempts have also been made to retain it, in its general features, with substitution of other names intended to correct the early imperfect observations, as Cryptopentamera, Pseudotetramera, Subpentamera, etc.; and the adjectives derived from all these terms, as pentamerous, heteromerous, etc., are regularly used in describing beetles and their tarsi.
    • n tarsal A tarsal bone (or cartilage); one of the elements of the tarsus of the foot, intervening between the tibia and the metatarsus; especially, a tarsale. See tarsus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tarsal relating to the tarsus or ankle
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. tarsos, the flat part of the foot.


In literature:

I was also glad to be reminded of teeth of camel and tarsal bones.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
By the arrangement of the tarsal bones.
"On the Relations of Man to the Lower Animals" by Thomas H. Huxley
The arrangement of the tarsal bones.
"The Geological Evidence of The Antiquity of Man" by Charles Lyell
By the arrangement of the tarsal bones.
"Lectures and Essays" by T.H. Huxley
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
Fibular tarsal bone (sustentaculum).
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
The arrangement of the tarsal bones.
"Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work" by P. Chalmers Mitchell
Tarsal bones, 159, 198.
"On the Genesis of Species" by St. George Mivart
Tarsal lobes: membranous appendages arising from the underside of the tarsal joints in some Coleoptera.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Tarsal, metatarsal, and small digital branches spring from the dorsal artery of the foot.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise

In news:

The foot is made up of tarsal bones, metatarsal bones and phalanges.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) is an entrapment neuropathy not uncommonly encountered in clinical practice.
Ankle Lok, Inner Lok 8, Strap Lok, Tarsal Lok, Thermoskin Plantar FXT.