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Meaning of TARSUS

Pronunciation:  'târsus

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the part of the foot of a vertebrate between the metatarsus and the leg; in human beings the bones of the ankle and heel collectively

TARSUS is a 6 letter word that starts with T.


 See Also: cuboid bone, pedal extremity, skeletal structure, tarsal, tarsal bone, vertebrate foot



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Tar"sus\, n.; pl. {Tarsi}. [NL., fr. Gr. ? the flat of
the foot, the edge of the eyelid. Cf. 2d {Tarse}.]
1. (Anat.)
   (a) The ankle; the bones or cartilages of the part of the
       foot between the metatarsus and the leg, consisting in
       man of seven short bones.
   (b) A plate of dense connective tissue or cartilage in the
       eyelid of man and many animals; -- called also {tarsal
       cartilage}, and {tarsal plate}.

2. (Zo["o]l.) The foot of an insect or a crustacean. It
   usually consists of form two to five joints.

Biology Dictionary
  1. Tarsus of the eyelid: this is a band of dense connective tissue next to the palpebral conjunctiva; there are meibomian bodies in the tarsus.
  2. Tarsus of the foot: is the collection of 7 bones between the distal tibia and fibula and the metatarsus of the foot; the instep. The 7 bones are talus, calcaneus, cuboid, navicular, and 3 cuneiforms. Only the talus, articulates with the two leg bones.
Easton Bible Dictionary

the chief city of Cilicia. It was distinguished for its wealth and for its schools of learning, in which it rivalled, nay, excelled even Athens and Alexandria, and hence was spoken of as "no mean city." It was the native place of the Apostle Paul (Acts 21:39). It stood on the banks of the river Cydnus, about 12 miles north of the Mediterranean. It is said to have been founded by Sardanapalus, king of Assyria. It is now a filthy, ruinous Turkish town, called Tersous. (See PAUL.)

 Definition:  winged; feathered