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Tar·sus

 (tär′səs)
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.

tar·sus

 (tär′səs)
n. pl. tar·si (-sī, -sē)
1.
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.]

tarsus

(ˈtɑːsəs)
n, pl -si (-saɪ)
1. (Anatomy) the bones of the ankle and heel, collectively
2. (Zoology)
a. the corresponding part in other mammals and in amphibians and reptiles
b. another name for tarsometatarsus
3. (Anatomy) the dense connective tissue supporting the free edge of each eyelid
4. (Zoology) the part of an insect's leg that lies distal to the tibia
[C17: from New Latin, from Greek tarsos flat surface, instep]

Tarsus

(ˈtɑːsəs)
n
1. (Placename) a city in SE Turkey, on the Tarsus River: site of ruins of ancient Tarsus, capital of Cilicia, and birthplace of St Paul. Pop: 231 000 (2005 est)
2. (Placename) a river in SE Turkey, in Cilicia, rising in the Taurus Mountains and flowing south past Tarsus to the Mediterranean. Length: 153 km (95 miles). Ancient name: Cydnus

tar•sus

(ˈtɑr səs)

n., pl. -si (-sī, -sē).
1. the bones between the tibia and metatarsus of the foot, forming the ankle joint.
2. the small plate of connective tissue along the border of an eyelid.
4. the distal part of the limb of an arthropod, as the fifth segment of an insect leg.
[1670–80; < New Latin < Greek tarsós flat of the foot]

Tar•sus

(ˈtɑr səs)

n.
a city in S Turkey, near the Cilician Gates: important seaport of ancient Cilicia; birthplace of Saint Paul. 225,000.

tarsus

The seven small tarsal bones which help to form and support the ankle, heel, and instep. See calcaneus, talus.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tarsus - the part of the foot of a vertebrate between the metatarsus and the legtarsus - 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
cuboid bone - the cube shaped bone on the outer side of the tarsus
tarsal, tarsal bone - any bone of the tarsus
pedal extremity, vertebrate foot - the extremity of the limb in vertebrates
skeletal structure - any structure created by the skeleton of an organism
Translations

tarsus

[ˈtɑːsəs] N (tarsi (pl)) [ˈtɑːsaɪ]tarso m

tarsus

nTarsus m

tar·sus

n. tarso, parte posterior del pie situada entre los huesos de la pierna y los huesos metatarsianos.