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Walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground, as humans, bears, raccoons, and rabbits do.

[French : Latin planta, sole of the foot; see plat- in Indo-European roots + Latin -gradus, going (from gradī, to walk, go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots).]

plan′ti·grade′ n.


(Zoology) walking with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground, as, for example, man and bears
(Zoology) a plantigrade animal
[C19: via French from New Latin plantigradus, from Latin planta sole of the foot + gradus a step]


(ˈplæn tɪˌgreɪd)

1. walking on the entire sole of the foot, as humans and bears.
2. a plantigrade animal.
[1825–35; < New Latin plantigradus= Latin plant(a) sole + -i- -i- + -gradus -grade]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plantigrade - an animal that walks with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground as e.g. bears and human beings
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal - mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
Adj.1.plantigrade - (of mammals) walking on the whole sole of the foot (as rabbits, raccoons, bears, and humans do)
mammal, mammalian - any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk
digitigrade - (of mammals) walking on the toes with the posterior part of the foot raised (as cats, dogs, and horses do)
References in classic literature ?
I was with the Philadelphia Institute expedition in the Bad Lands under Professor Cope, hunting mastodon bones, and I overheard him say, his own self, that any plantigrade circumflex vertebrate bacterium that hadn't wings and was uncertain was a reptile.
Previous studies of patients undergoing the Ponseti method for idiopathic clubfoot often demonstrate excellent correction and plantigrade feet in children after initial treatment.
This poses a newer issue, because of weightbearing at around ten months of age on an uncorrected foot, before achieving a plantigrade foot, will lead to bony deformity, creating incongruous surfaces at the joints.
The aim of the management of the clubfoot is to obtain a painless, pliable, plantigrade foot and acceptable cosmetic appearance with minimal complications.
Maximal ankle dorsiflexion and plantarflexion was measured in a non-weight-bearing position while the ankle joint was in a plantigrade (90 degrees) and neutral position respectively using a standard goniometer with 2[degrees] increments.
limbatus and Spondylus gloriosus may begin the settlement, though plantigrade stages can be observed up to 3 mo after fertilization (Table 1) (Parnell 2002, Soria et al.
Severe nonweight-bearing lameness with a plantigrade stance was noted in the left pelvic limb (Fig 1).
Hind limbs weakness, episodic spasticity of forelimbs, plantigrade positioning, impaired jumping, flaccid paresis associated to hyporeflexia, dysphagia, respiratory distress, lethargy, and mental depression have been described (ASH et al.
5-6), the trackway is digitigrade rather than plantigrade, lacking any clear sole or palm impressions (Fig.
This involves several factors including bearing of weight without deformation of the hindfoot and normal movement of the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia to allow plantigrade locomotion.
The plantigrade locomotion in combination with the dysfunctional Achilles tendon and the resulting immobility of the heel further aggravated the pressure on the wound.
The size of plantigrade ranged 250-729[micro]m in APM.