pl. tarsi [L. tarsus, fr. Gr. tarsos, sole (of the foot)]

1. The ankle with its seven bones located between the bones of the lower leg and the metatarsus and forming the proximal portion of the foot. It consists of the calcaneus (os calcis), talus (astragalus), cuboid (os cuboideum), navicular (scaphoid), and first, second, and third cuneiform bones. The talus articulates with the tibia and fibula, the cuboid and cuneiform bones with the metatarsals.
SEE: foot; SEE: skeleton; names of individual bones
2. A curved plate of dense white fibrous tissue forming the supporting structure of the eyelid; also called the tarsal plate.

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