Definition of digitigrade in English:


Syllabification: dig·i·ti·grade
Pronunciation: /ˈdijitiˌgrād


  • (Of a mammal) walking on its toes and not touching the ground with its heels, as a dog, cat, or rodent. Compare with plantigrade.
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    • Because of their digitigrade stance, walking down stairs was difficult for them to do rapidly.
    • Bear in mind that this rule applies even in the case of extreme digitigrade organisms in which a ‘ventral’ or ‘plantar’ view of the ankle in a natural life position requires one to look down on the tarsals and see the top side of the foot.
    • Thus, by the early Late Triassic sauropods had relatively small forefeet that were held in a nearly vertical, digitigrade posture in which the five weight-bearing digits were arranged in a gentle arch.


mid 19th century: from Latin digitus 'finger, toe' + -gradus '-walking'.

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