Definition of Astragalus

1. Noun. Large genus of annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of north temperate regions; largest genus in the family Leguminosae.

Exact synonyms: Genus Astragalus
Generic synonyms: Rosid Dicot Genus
Group relationships: Papilionoideae, Subfamily Papilionoideae
Member holonyms: Milk Vetch, Milk-vetch

2. Noun. The bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint.
Exact synonyms: Anklebone, Astragal, Talus
Generic synonyms: Bone, Os
Group relationships: Ankle, Ankle Joint, Articulatio Talocruralis, Mortise Joint
Derivative terms: Astragalar, Astragalar

Definition of Astragalus

1. n. The ankle bone, or hock bone; the bone of the tarsus which articulates with the tibia at the ankle.

Definition of Astragalus

1. Noun. (skeleton) The talus. ¹

2. Noun. (botany) A herb genus. ¹

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Definition of Astragalus

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Medical Definition of Astragalus

1. 1. The ankle bone, or hock bone; the bone of the tarsus which articulates with the tibia at the ankle. 2. A genus of papilionaceous plants, of the tribe Galegeae, containing numerous species, two of which are called, in English, milk vetch and licorice vetch. Gum tragacanth is obtained from different oriental species, particularly the A. Gummifer and A. Verus. 3. See Astragal. Origin: L. See Astragal. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Astragalus

astragalus (current term)
astral fibres
astral plane

Literary usage of Astragalus

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1. The Gardeners Dictionary: Containing the Methods of Cultivating and Philip Miller by Philip Miller (1754)
"Tourn. Taller Fox tail Milk-vetch of.thc Alps. 9. astragalus pumilis ... Bladder Milk-vetch of the Alft, with a Goats-thorn leaf. 12. astragalus ..."

2. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"This ligament not only serves to connect the os calcis and navicular, but supports the head of the astragalus, forming part of ..."

3. Quain's Elements of Anatomy by Jones Quain, Allen Thomson, George Dancer Thane (1882)
"is attached to the notch on the inferior border of the internal malleolus ; the other, to the inner side of the astragalus, the sustentaculum tali of the os ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1844)
"The astragalus is more easily dislocated when the forepart of the foot is fixed by some invincible obstacle ; the weight of the body then acts by ..."

5. A Practical Treatise on Fractures and Dislocations by Lewis Atterbury Stimson (1905)
"In 1-1 reduction was not made ; in 3 of these primary amputation was done, in 10 removal of the astragalus, with 2 deaths, and in 1 the head of the ..."

6. The Science and art of surgery by John Eric Erichsen (1854)
"When tti astragalus is thrown outwards, displacement of the foot in an inward ... In some caseĀ«, fracture of the neck of the astragalus is conjoined with ..."

7. A Treatise on dislocations and fractures of the joints by Astley Cooper, Bransby Blake Cooper (1851)
"astragalus, in a compound dislocation of the ankle-joint, did not piv- vent the patient's recovery; for he says, " In five weeks a portion of the astragalus ..."

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