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plantigrade

 [plan´tĭ-grād]
walking or running flat on the full sole of the foot; characteristic of humans and of such quadrupeds as the bear.

plan·ti·grade

(plan'ti-grād),
Walking with the entire sole and heel of the foot on the ground, as do humans and bears.
[L. planta, sole, + gradior, to walk]

plantigrade

/plan·ti·grade/ (plan´tĭ-grād) walking on the full sole of the foot.

plantigrade

(plăn′tĭ-grād′)
adj.
Walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground, as humans, bears, raccoons, and rabbits do.

plan′ti·grade′ n.

plantigrade

[plan′tigrād′]
Etymology: L, planta, sole, gradi, to walk
1 adj, pertaining to or characterizing the human gait; walking on the sole of the foot with the heel touching the ground.
2 n, a position in which an individual is standing flexed at the hips and bearing some weight through the upper extremities.

plantigrade

adjective Referring to movement by a terrestrial vertebrate (e.g., humans, rodents, rabbits and kangaroos) in which the entire foot—podials and metatarsals—maintains contact with flat surfaces when ambulating.

plan·ti·grade

(plan'ti-grād)
Walking with the entire sole and heel of the foot on the ground, as humans and bears do.
[L. planta, sole, + gradior, to walk]

plantigrade

walking on the entire sole of the foot, as in humans and bears.

plantigrade

a method of locomotion seen in bears, monkeys and humans, in which the animal walks on the phalanges, metacarpal and carpal bones, as distinct from digitigrade.

plantigrade stance
seen in dogs and cats with various neuropathies and myopathies, particularly in diabetic neuropathy and hypokalemic myopathy.
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An Achilles tenotomy, or if required a posterior release (Achilles tenotomy, capsule and ligament release), results in a plantigrade, mobile foot that prevents point loading and pressure sores.
The force pad was placed 3-4 cm superior to the medial malleolus with the feet in plantigrade position.
to obtain a plantigrade weight-bearing foot that is able to wear a shoe and avoid excess pressure on the skin, which might lead to ulceration.
Our ability to walk economically may largely be the result of our plantigrade (heel first) posture," said Carrier.
Raccoon hindfeet are plantigrade, similar to a human's.