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plantar (plan-ter) adj. relating to the sole of the foot (planta). p. arch the arch in the sole of the foot formed by anastomosing branches of the plantar arteries. p. fasciitis (policeman's heel) inflammation of the point of attachment of the fascia in the sole of the foot to the calcaneus, causing pain and tenderness of the heel. p. reflex a reflex obtained by drawing a bluntly pointed object along the outer border of the sole of the foot. The normal (flexor) response is a bunching and downward movement of the toes. Compare Babinski reflex. p. wart see wart.
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