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Pronunciation: tar'sus, -si


  1. As a division of the skeleton, the seven tarsal bones of the instep.
  2. The fibrous plates giving solidity and form to the edges of the eyelids; often erroneously called tarsal or ciliary cartilages.

See: tarsal bones, under bone

Synonym(s): root of foot

[G. tarsos, a flat surface, sole of the foot, edge of eyelid]

See Also: inferior tarsus, superior tarsus

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