Adjective "tarsal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to the tarsus.
  1. 'The lateral terminal branch of the deep peroneal nerve sends fibers to the extensor digitorum brevis muscle and articular twigs to the tarsal joints.'
  2. 'The ectopic leg has several segments and terminates in a set of tarsal claws.'
  3. 'In the most severe cases, the distal tips of the maxillary and labial palps are transformed to tarsal claws.'


A bone of the tarsus.
  1. 'We digitized the pelvis, femur, tibia, fibula, astragalus, calcaneum, distal tarsals, and metatarsals II-IV.'
  2. 'The postcranial skeleton, and especially the vertebrae, carpals and tarsals, were very slow to ossify.'


1. of or relating to the tarsus of the foot.

2. pertaining to the tarsi of the eyelids. noun

3. a tarsal bone, joint, or the like.

More examples(as adjective)

"segments can be tarsal."

"claws can be tarsal."

"bones can be tarsal."


Early 19th century: from tarsus + -al.