- the human ankle, consisting of seven bones between the tibia and metatarsus
- the small plate of connective tissue stiffening the eyelid
- a group of bones in the ankle region of the hind limbs of tetrapods
- the fifth segment from the base of an insect leg
Origin of tarsusModern Latin ; from Classical Greek tarsos, flat of the foot, any flat surface, origin, originally a wickerwork frame for drying fruits or cheeses ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ters-, to dry from source thirst, Classical Latin torridus
city in S Turkey, near the Mediterranean: in ancient times, the capital of Cilicia & birthplace of the Apostle Paul
A city of southern Turkey near the Mediterranean Sea west of Adana. Settled in the Neolithic Period, it was one of the most important cities of Asia Minor under Roman rule (after 67 BC). Saint Paul was born in Tarsus.
- a. The section of the vertebrate foot between the leg and the metatarsus.b. The bones making up this section, especially the seven small bones of the human ankle.
- A fibrous plate that supports and shapes the edge of the eyelid. Also called tarsal plate.
- Zoology a. The tarsometatarsus.b. The distal part of the leg of an arthropod, usually divided into segments.
Origin of tarsusNew Latin, from Greek tarsos, ankle; see ters- in Indo-European roots.
- (anatomy) The part of the foot between the tibia and fibula and the metatarsus.
- (anatomy) Any of the seven bones in this part of the foot.
- (anatomy) The superior or inferior tarsal muscle of the eyelid, responsible for sympathetic control of the eyelid.
- (zoology) In insects and other arthropods, any of a series of articulations in the true foot; the last joint forming the foot in spiders.
From Latin tarsus, from Ancient Greek Ï„Î±ÏÏƒÏŒÏ‚ (tarsos), a "flat surface" used for drying.