- 1. Proximal portion of the plantar surface of the foot. 2. SYN: calx (2). 3. SYN: distal end. [A.S. hela]- black h. SYN: calcaneal petechiae.- cracked h. SYN: keratoderma plantare sulcatum.- painful h. a condition in which bearing weight on the h. causes pain of varying severity. SYN: calcaneodynia.- prominent h. a condition marked by a tender swelling on the os calcis due to a thickening of the periosteum or fibrous tissue covering the back of the os calcis.
* * *heel 'hē(ə)l n1 a) the back of the human foot below the ankle and behind the archb) the back of the hind limb of other vertebrates homologous with the human heel2) an anatomical structure suggestive of the human heel: asa) the hind part of a hoofb) either of the projections of a coffin bonec) the part of the palm of the hand nearest the wrist
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* * *(hēl) 1. calx (def. 2). 2. the posterior part of the wall of a horse's hoof.
Medical dictionary. 2011.