noun, plural tar·si [tahr-sahy, -see] /ˈtɑr saɪ, -si/.
- Anatomy, Zoology. the bones of the proximal segment of the foot; the bones between the tibia and the metatarsus, contributing to the construction of the ankle joint.
- the small plate of connective tissue along the border of an eyelid.
- the distal part of the leg of an insect, usually subdivided in the adult into two to five segments.
- a city in S Turkey, near the Mediterranean, on the Cydnus River: important seaport of ancient Cilicia; birthplace of Saint Paul.
noun plural -si (-saɪ)
- the bones of the ankle and heel, collectively
- the corresponding part in other mammals and in amphibians and reptiles
- another name for tarsometatarsus
- the dense connective tissue supporting the free edge of each eyelid
- the part of an insect’s leg that lies distal to the tibia
- 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)
- 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
n.the ankle bones collectively, 1670s, Modern Latin, from Greek tarsos “ankle, sole of the foot, rim of the eyelid,” originally “flat surface, especially for drying,” from PIE root *ters- “to dry” (cf. Greek teresesthai “to be or become dry,” tersainein “to make dry;” Latin terra “land, ground, soil,” torrere “dry up, parch;” see terrain). n. pl. tar•si (-sī)
- The area of articulation between the foot and the leg, comprising the seven bones of the instep: the talus, calcaneus, navicular, three cuneiform, and cuboid bones.
- The fibrous plate that supports and shapes the edges of the eyelids.tarsal plate
Plural tarsi (tär′sī, -sē)
- The group of seven bones lying between the leg and the metatarsals and forming part of the ankle.
- The group of bones lying between the leg and metatarsals in the hind feet in some vertebrates, such as dinosaurs and birds.
- A fibrous plate that supports and shapes the edge of the eyelid.
- The lower part of the leg of an arthropod, usually divided into segments.