tarsal cartilage
Tarsus 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}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The foot of an insect or a crustacean. It usually consists of form two to five joints. [1913 Webster]


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  • tarsal plate — Tarsus 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tarsal — Tar sal, a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the tarsus (either of the foot or eye). n. A tarsal bone or cartilage; a tarsale. [1913 Webster] {Tarsal tetter} (Med.), an eruptive disease of the edges of the eyelids; a kind of bleareye. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tarsal tetter — Tarsal Tar sal, a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the tarsus (either of the foot or eye). n. A tarsal bone or cartilage; a tarsale. [1913 Webster] {Tarsal tetter} (Med.), an eruptive disease of the edges of the eyelids; a kind of bleareye. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cartilage — Firm, rubbery tissue that cushions bones at joints. A more flexible kind of cartilage connects muscles with bones and makes up other parts of the body, such as the larynx and the outside parts of the ears. * * * A connective tissue characterized… …   Medical dictionary

  • tarsal — Relating to a tarsus in any sense. * * * tar·sal tar səl adj 1) of or relating to the tarsus 2) being or relating to plates of dense connective tissue that serve to stiffen the eyelids tarsal n a tarsal part (as a bone or cartilage) * * * 1. adj …   Medical dictionary

  • tarsal — I. adjective Date: 1817 1. of or relating to the tarsus 2. being or relating to plates of dense connective tissue that serve to stiffen the eyelids II. noun Date: 1881 a tarsal part (as a bone or cartilage) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Tarsi — Tarsus 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tarsus — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tarsotomy — 1. Incision of the tarsal cartilage of an eyelid. 2. Rarely used term for any operation on the tarsus of the foot. [tarso + G. tome, incision] * * * tar·sot·o·my (tahr sotґə me) [tarso + tomy] …   Medical dictionary

  • Ligament — A ligament is a tough band of connective tissue that connects various structures such as two bones. Ligament is a fitting term; it comes from the Latin ligare meaning to bind or tie. * * * 1. A band or sheet of fibrous tissue connecting two or… …   Medical dictionary

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