Definition of metatarsal in English:

metatarsal

noun

  • 1Any of the bones of the foot (metatarsus)

    • ‘It is in the plane of the tendon of peroneus longus and its insertion inferolaterally onto the base and side of the first metatarsal.’
    • ‘They stated that fractures of the proximal part of the diaphysis of the fifth metatarsal mainly occurred in basketball and soccer players.’
    • ‘The forefoot was fixed to a forefoot plate via metal wires passing over the first and fifth metatarsals.’
    • ‘The muscle inserts onto the dorsal aspect of the tuberosity of the fifth metatarsal.’
    • ‘One common operation is known as an osteotomy of the first metatarsal.’
    • ‘He returned today, and a foot x-ray revealed a stress fracture of the third metatarsal.’
    • ‘The atrophic form is usually localized to the forefoot and causes osteolysis of the distal metatarsals.’
    • ‘Multiple fractures of metatarsals on the foot were K-wired.’
    • ‘After the metatarsals, the calcaneus is the most common location in the foot for a stress fracture.’
    • ‘Bone tenderness over the navicular bone or base of the fifth metatarsal is an indication for radiographs to rule out fracture of the foot.’
    • ‘A straight incision parallel to the plantar aspect of the foot was used to approach the base of the fifth metatarsal.’
    • ‘These rules call for palpation of the proximal fifth metatarsal and navicular in patients with acute ankle injuries and midfoot pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Common sites are the tibia, fibula, metatarsals, lumbar spine (pars interarticularis), and the hip (proximal femur).’
    • ‘I had fractured the fifth metatarsal on my right foot and was put in plaster from foot to knee.’
    • ‘These fractures most often involve the distal second and third metatarsals and are least common in the fifth metatarsal.’
    • ‘Her foot was tender over the middle metatarsal, but there was no swelling, heat, or redness of the foot.’
    1. 1.1Any of the equivalent bones in an animal's hind limb.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Over the anterior metatarsal region, all the feather- and scale-type beta-keratins are expressed in the embryonic layers.’
      • ‘The articulation for the third metatarsal forms a somewhat rounded triangle (without the missing ventral end) and is cupped.’
      • ‘The hind limb includes a femur, tibia, fibula, astragalus, calcaneum, distal tarsal four, and remains of four metatarsals and two phalanges.’
      • ‘The structure of the hind foot is entirely conjectural, as only a few isolated metatarsals have been found in association with Alamosaurus remains.’
      • ‘Among these are several discrete characters that include a premaxillary beak, a highly modified first manual digit, and an hourglass-shaped proximal metatarsal.’
      • ‘The feathers on the metatarsals were lost on the back wings.’
      • ‘There is no indication of any special differentiation of the fifth metatarsal, which is hooked in other squamates.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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 swelling above the joint at the third metatarsal shows evidence of a classic healed fatigue fracture.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

metatarsal

/ˌmedəˈtärs(ə)l/