digitigrade


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digitigrade

[′dij·ə·də‚grād]
(vertebrate zoology)
Pertaining to animals, such as dogs and cats, which walk on the digits with the posterior part of the foot raised from the ground.
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Footprint lengths were measured from the rear margin ("heel" - actually the back of the toe region of these digitigrade animals) of the print to the tip of the middle toe (digit III).
The dog has a digitigrade knee that is loaded in flexion and has its medial and lateral compartment loaded equally.
Clark and his coworkers observed that the joint between the toes and foot could not have flexed enough to make possible the digitigrade movement, or toe-walking, seen in birds and some dinosaurs.