n. pl. Tarsi. (Anat.) (a) The ankle; the bones or cartilages of the part of the foot between the metatarsus and the leg, consisting in man of seven short bones. (b) A plate of dense connective tissue or cartilage in the eyelid of man and many animals; - called also tarsal cartilage, and tarsal plate. (Zool.) The foot of an insect or a crustacean. It usually consists of form two to five joints.