Definition of tarsal in English:


Line breaks: tar¦sal
Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːs(ə)l
Anatomy & Zoology


  • Relating to the tarsus: the tarsal claws of beetles
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    • The lateral terminal branch of the deep peroneal nerve sends fibers to the extensor digitorum brevis muscle and articular twigs to the tarsal joints.
    • These areas include the plantar fascia, ankle joint, tarsal tunnel, interdigital space, and first metatarsophalangeal joint.
    • In the most severe cases, the distal tips of the maxillary and labial palps are transformed to tarsal claws.


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  • A bone of the tarsus.
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    • We digitized the pelvis, femur, tibia, fibula, astragalus, calcaneum, distal tarsals, and metatarsals II-IV.
    • The postcranial skeleton, and especially the vertebrae, carpals and tarsals, were very slow to ossify.
    • Lungs are well developed, teeth are blade-like, carpal and tarsals ossified in adults, and the diploid number is 28.


early 19th century: from tarsus + -al.

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