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tarsal




Any of the seven bones that make up the ankle and adjoining part of the foot in humans and other terrestrial vertebrates. Tarsals are strong, compact bones arranged so that the foot can be rotated (to a limited extent) in any direction. The tarsals articulate with the tibia and fibula (lower leg bones) above and with the metatarsals of the foot below.


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