Tar"sus (?), n.; pl. Tarsi (#). [NL., fr. Gr. the flat of the foot, the edge of the eyelid. Cf. 2d Tarse.]

1. Anat. (a)

The ankle; the bones or cartilages of the part of the foot between the metatarsus and the leg, consisting in man of seven short bones.

(b)

A plate of dense connective tissue or cartilage in the eyelid of man and many animals; -- called also tarsal cartilage, and tarsal plate.

2. Zool.

The foot of an insect or a crustacean. It usually consists of form two to five joints.

 

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