Definition of metapodium in US English:

metapodium

(also metapode)

noun

  • 1Anatomy and Zoology. Originally: the metatarsus. Later also: the metatarsus or metacarpus; (occasionally) a metapodial bone.

  • 2Zoology. The posterior lobe of the foot in certain molluscs.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robley Dunglison (1798–1869), physician and medical writer. From meta- + -podium, after post-classical Latin metapedium, with substitution of ancient Greek ποδ-, πούς for classical Latin ped-, pēs.

Pronunciation

metapodium

/ˌmɛtəˈpəʊdɪəm/