Definition of metatarsal in English:

metatarsal

noun

  • 1Any of the bones of the foot.

    • ‘On inspection, the toes angle abruptly toward the midline, creating a C-shaped lateral foot border with a prominent styloid process of the fifth metatarsal.’
    • ‘Her foot was tender over the middle metatarsal, but there was no swelling, heat, or redness of the foot.’
    • ‘The muscle inserts onto the dorsal aspect of the tuberosity of the fifth metatarsal.’
    • ‘He lost one toe in the past, has had osteomyelitis of his metatarsals several times, and this time around presented with redness and swelling in his heel.’
    • ‘Common sites are the tibia, fibula, metatarsals, lumbar spine (pars interarticularis), and the hip (proximal femur).’
    • ‘They stated that fractures of the proximal part of the diaphysis of the fifth metatarsal mainly occurred in basketball and soccer players.’
    • ‘He returned today, and a foot x-ray revealed a stress fracture of the third metatarsal.’
    • ‘Bone tenderness over the navicular bone or base of the fifth metatarsal is an indication for radiographs to rule out fracture of the foot.’
    • ‘It is in the plane of the tendon of peroneus longus and its insertion inferolaterally onto the base and side of the first metatarsal.’
    • ‘The atrophic form is usually localized to the forefoot and causes osteolysis of the distal metatarsals.’
    • ‘I had fractured the fifth metatarsal on my right foot and was put in plaster from foot to knee.’
    • ‘A straight incision parallel to the plantar aspect of the foot was used to approach the base of the fifth metatarsal.’
    • ‘Multiple fractures of metatarsals on the foot were K-wired.’
    • ‘My foot has wide metatarsals with tapered toes, and no shoe fits.’
    • ‘The scan demonstrated intense, increased activity in the head of the fourth metatarsal.’
    • ‘These rules call for palpation of the proximal fifth metatarsal and navicular in patients with acute ankle injuries and midfoot pain.’
    • ‘One common operation is known as an osteotomy of the first metatarsal.’
    • ‘After the metatarsals, the calcaneus is the most common location in the foot for a stress fracture.’
    • ‘These fractures most often involve the distal second and third metatarsals and are least common in the fifth metatarsal.’
    • ‘The forefoot was fixed to a forefoot plate via metal wires passing over the first and fifth metatarsals.’
    1. 1.1Any of the bones in an animal's hindlimb equivalent to the metatarsals.
      • ‘Although there are features that seem to support sauropod affinities for Blikanasaurus, many of these are proportional measures that could be related to body size (e.g., relative length of metatarsus, breadth of metatarsals I and V).’
      • ‘The hind limb includes a femur, tibia, fibula, astragalus, calcaneum, distal tarsal four, and remains of four metatarsals and two phalanges.’
      • ‘The hind limbs are lengthened mostly by an increase in length of the metatarsals and digits, and these feet are further specialized by the near loss of the first digit.’
      • ‘The swelling above the joint at the third metatarsal shows evidence of a classic healed fatigue fracture.’
      • ‘The feathers on the metatarsals were lost on the back wings.’
      • ‘The navicular trochlea at the bottom of the astragalus extends that range by some further amount, and the cuneiform - metatarsal II articulation may extend the range a bit further yet.’
      • ‘Spadefoots are so-named for the large, keratinous metatarsal tubercles that are internally supported by a well-ossified prehallux, located on the outside edges of their feet.’
      • ‘Among these are several discrete characters that include a premaxillary beak, a highly modified first manual digit, and an hourglass-shaped proximal metatarsal.’
      • ‘An immediate species identification was based on phenotypic traits, including color, spot pattern, and the size and shape of the metatarsal tubercle, but this method is not fully reliable.’
      • ‘The structure of the hind foot is entirely conjectural, as only a few isolated metatarsals have been found in association with Alamosaurus remains.’
      • ‘The articulation for the third metatarsal forms a somewhat rounded triangle (without the missing ventral end) and is cupped.’
      • ‘The third and fourth metacarpals (front limbs) and metatarsals (hind limbs) are fused to form an elongated cannon bone (a condition also seen in antilocaprids and bovids).’
      • ‘There is no indication of any special differentiation of the fifth metatarsal, which is hooked in other squamates.’
      • ‘Over the anterior metatarsal region, all the feather- and scale-type beta-keratins are expressed in the embryonic layers.’

Pronunciation:

metatarsal

/ˌmɛtəˈtɑːs(ə)l/