One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The group of bones in the foot, between the ankle and the toes.
- ‘The England skipper had another X-ray yesterday and the second metatarsus bone in his left foot which he broke in April is healing well.’
- 1.1 The part of the foot between the ankle and the toes.
- ‘For each adult we measured body mass to the nearest 0.01 g using an electronic scale and measured the length of the metatarsus to the nearest 0.1 mm using slide calipers.’
- ‘A double metatarsus operation left his left toe without sensation and he had to skip most of the 1975 season.’
Late Middle English: modern Latin (see meta-, tarsus).
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