Digitigrade | definition of digitigrade by Medical dictionary
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Relating to an animal, such as a cat or dog, whose weight is borne on the toes.
digitigrade adjective Referring to an animal whose weight is carried by its digits—e.g., canines, felines.
digitigrade walking on the toes or fingers, as in most fast-running animals such as dogs and cats.
a form of locomotion in which the animal walks only on its digits, e.g. dogs, contrasted with plantigrade, in which the animal walks on its metatarsi, metacarpi, e.g. bears, humans.
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In their description, they concluded that the trackway constituted a new species of the reptile ichnogenus Isocampe Hitchcock 1858 on the basis of its digitigrade
morphology and the supposed Triassic age of the hosting Lepreau Formation.
Certain particularities are common, such as the digitigrade
posture at footfall and throughout stance; trunk angles; and tail posture.
Dingoes, like other canids, are swift, cursorial carnivores with a digitigrade
stance that kill their prey by a series of shallow, slashing bites (Dayan et al.
The pes, digitigrade
, is larger and slenderer than the manus, and generally anterior to it.
Toe walkers or digitigrades
have more speed than stability--speed for capturing food.