Definition of tibiotarsus in English:


Line breaks: tibio|tar¦sus
Pronunciation: /ˌtɪbɪə(ʊ)ˈtɑːsəs

noun (plural tibiotarsi /-sʌɪ, -siː/)

  • The bone in a bird’s leg corresponding to the tibia, fused at the lower end with some bones of the tarsus.
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    • They collected males and females during prelaying, laying, and postlaying and dissected femora and tibiotarsi from each bird.
    • It springs or rushes out of ambush, opening its jaws quickly and allowing them to slam together hard enough to snap the relatively fragile tibiotarsus of the bird.
    • The tibia and fibula are fused, especially distally, to form a single element, the tibiotarsus.


late 19th century: blend of tibia and tarsus.

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