the seven bones composing the ankle joint
, including the talus, calcaneus, navicular bone, cuboid bone, and medial, intermediate, and lateral cuneiform bones. See also ankle
Tarsus, showing the seven tarsal bones. From Dorland's, 2000.
the connective tissue plate forming the framework of an eyelid
tar·sus, gen. and pl.
tar·si (tar'sŭs, -sī),
tarsus /tar·sus/ (tahr´sus)
; the seven bones (talus, calcaneus, navicular, medial, intermediate and lateral cuneiform, and cuboid) composing the joint between the foot and leg.
2. the plate of connective tissue forming the framework of an eyelid.
n. pl. tar·si (-sī, -sē) 1.
a. The section of the vertebrate foot between the leg and the metatarsus.
b. The bones making up this section, especially the seven small bones of the human ankle.
2. A fibrous plate that supports and shapes the edge of the eyelid. Also called tarsal plate.
a. The tarsometatarsus.
b. The distal part of the leg of an arthropod, usually divided into segments.
[tär′səs] pl. tarsi
Etymology: Gk, tarsos, flat surface
1 the flat area of articulation between the foot and the leg or the edge of the eyelid.
also called tarsal cartilage,
tarsal plate. Any one of the fibrous plates of cartilage about 2.5 cm long that form the eyelids. One tarsal plate shapes and gives solidarity to the edge of each eyelid.
tar·sus, pl. tarsi (tahr'sŭs, -sī) [TA]
As a division of the skeleton, the seven tarsal bones of the instep.
See also: tarsal bones
2. The fibrous plates giving solidity and form to the edges of the eyelids; often erroneously called tarsal or ciliary cartilages.
[G. tarsos, a flat surface, sole of the foot, edge of eyelid]
1. The part of the foot between the leg and the metatarsal bones.
2. The seven bones of the tarsus
3. A fibrous plate that gives rigidity and shape to the eyelid.
Thin flat plate of dense connective tissue, situated one in each eyelid, which gives it shape and firmness. Each tarsus extends from the orbital septum to the eyelid margin. The upper tarsal plate, shaped like the letter D placed on its side, is much larger than the lower. Its width is 11mm in the centre whereas the corresponding measurement in the lower tarsus, which is somewhat oblong in form, is 5mm. Each tarsus is about 29mm long and 1mm thick. Within each tarsus are the meibomian glands, approximately 25 in the upper and 20 in the lower. Syn
. tarsal plate. See palpebral ligament
; orbital septum
1. the hock or ankle made up of up to seven bones-talus, calcaneus, navicular, medial, intermediate and lateral cuneiform, and cuboid-comprising the articulation between the cannon bone and the tibia.
2. the fibrous or cartilaginous plate forming the framework of either (upper or lower) eyelid.
Patient discussion about tarsus
Q. What Causes ankle Swelling? My son woke up this morning with a red, swollen ankle. What could cause this situation?
A. A swollen and red ankle suggest either a traumatic injury to the joint or an infection in the joint, adjacent tissues or bones. This is an emergency and it is important to consult a doctor as soon as possible, especially if the joint loses its ability to perform movements in all directions.
Q. What do you do for a sprained ankle?
A. R.I.C.E. - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
Q. How does ice help a sprained ankle or other injury? While I exercise I often get sprain. I have seen many times that ice is used as a first aid for sprains. How does ice help a sprained ankle or other injury?
A. it does two helpful things- lower the pain (cold can do that) and prevent swelling. the swelling is a body normal reaction that protects the area that was injured. but we would like to avoid it because it'll strain us.More discussions about tarsus