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n. pl. tar·si (-sī, -sē)
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.
2. A fibrous plate that supports and shapes the edge of the eyelid. Also called tarsal plate.
3. Zoology
a. The tarsometatarsus.
b. The distal part of the leg of an arthropod, usually divided into segments.

[New Latin, from Greek tarsos, ankle; see ters- in Indo-European roots.]


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.
References in classic literature ?
In the Onites apelles the tarsi are so habitually lost, that the insect has been described as not having them.
Tarsi of all legs with a fine hispid ornamentation ventrally and laterally.
Legs short, stout, anterior pair without spines; scopulae on metatarsi I-II and tarsi I-IV present, metatarsi III-IV weakly scopulated; STC of legs I and II clearly smaller than on legs III and IV (O.
Coloration similar to that of male, but antennae lack the white rings, and the hind tibiae and tarsi are red, not dark blue.
The sinus tarsi syndrome Lingering inflammation, scar tissue, or a partly torn ligament can occur in the hollow place in the side of the anklebone called the sinus tarsi (sinus in Latin means hollow or sunken and the tarsus is the ankle).
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Setae and solenidia on legs I-IV segments: coxae 0-0-0-0, trochanters 0-1-1-0, femora 1-1-0-1, genua 3-3-1-0, tibiae 3-3-1-2, tarsi 6-6-4-9.
Five psyllids were recorded on young leaves of Hamlin sweet orange plants, for each of 2 treatments: control (unaltered) psyllids, or psyllids whose tarsi were painted with clear nail polish (470A Clear Nail Fortifier, Markwins Beauty Products, Inc.