Definition of tarsal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtärsəl/
Anatomy & Zoology


Relating to the tarsus: the tarsal claws of beetles
More example sentences
  • 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.


A bone of the tarsus.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with tarsal

castle, metatarsal, parcel

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Syllabification: tar·sal

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