American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or situated near the tarsus of the foot: the tarsal bones.
- adj. Of or relating to the tarsus of the eyelid: the tarsal ligaments.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the tarsus, ankle, or instep of the foot: correlated with carpal: as, tarsal bones; tarsal articulations.
- 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.
- Of or pertaining to the last segment of an insect's leg: as, tarsal joints; tarsal claws.
- Of or pertaining to the tarsi of the eyelids: as, tarsal cartilages; the tarsal muscle.
- Heteromera, having the four anterior tarsi five-jointed and the two posterior four-jointed;
- Tetramera, having four joints to all the tarsi;
- Trimera, having three joints to all the tarsi.
- To these Latreille added Dimera, having two joints to all the tarsi, and
- 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. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the tarsus (either of the foot or eye).
- n. (Zoöl.), obsolete Same as tercel.
- n. any bone of the tarsus
- adj. of or relating to or near the tarsus of the foot
- New Latin tarsālis, from tarsus, tarsus; see tarsus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I usually sqirt a drop or two on the front and back of my boots, and a few drops on a wick around the stand. i never used the buck pee though. i have used a couple of tarsal glands from a buck that my friend killed. had small buck circle the tree i hung it from a couple times.”
“If someone harvest a buck go out and cut the tarsal gands from the hind hocks, I would suggest using disposalable gloves and a zip lock baggy to hold your bounty.”
“I use code blue - tarsal on a few and doe urine on a few, now sit back and enjoy the show!”
“When the ball of the foot is on the ground and the medial longitudinal arch of the foot is supported by an arch support in their baseball shoes, the mid tarsal and subtalar joints will be stable and not collapse.”
“Though they walked upright and had hands like men, their ankles, or tarsal joints, were the hocks of quadru - ped animals with cloven hooves.”
“However, one suspects that the efforts reulting in hamstring problem are a result of being hamstrung, by stubborn pride. “get thee behind, tarsal.””
“Spurs G-F Ime Udoka was back after sitting out two games with tarsal tunnel syndrome in his right ankle. ...”
“Legs were long, cursorial, with five tarsal segments.”
“But the pivotal clue comes from the navicular bone, an important tarsal bone that helps form the arch in a modern human foot.”
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