Calcaneus definition

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The quadrangular bone at the back of the tarsus.
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The large tarsal bone that forms the heel in humans; heel bone.
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A homologous bone in other tetrapod vertebrates.
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The quadrangular bone at the back of the tarsus.
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The large bone making up the heel of the human foot.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
calcaneus
Plural:
calcanea, calcanei

Origin of calcaneus

  • Late Latin calcāneus heel from Latin calcāneum from calx calc-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin calcāneus (“heel”), rare form of calx (“heel”).

    From Wiktionary