Definition of metatarsus in English:



  • 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. 1.1The 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).