metacarpus NOUN (pl. metacarpi) the group of five bones of the hand between the wrist and the fingers.
DERIVATIVES metacarpal adjective & noun.
ORIGIN Greek metakarpion.

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  • Metacarpal — Met a*car pal, a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the metacarpus. n. A metacarpal bone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • metacarpal — [met΄ə kär′pəl] adj. of the metacarpus n. any of the bones of the metacarpus: see SKELETON …   English World dictionary

  • metacarpal — /met euh kahr peuhl/, adj. Anat. 1. of or pertaining to the metacarpus. n. 2. a metacarpal bone. [1730 40; META + CARPAL] * * * ▪ bone       any of several tubular bones between the wrist (carpal) bones and each of the forelimb digits in land… …   Universalium

  • metacarpal — 1. Relating to the metacarpus. 2. Any one of the m. bones. See m. (bones) [I–V], under bone. * * * meta·car·pal .met ə kär pəl adj of, relating to, or being the metacarpus or a metacarpal metacarpal n any bone of the metacarpus of the human hand… …   Medical dictionary

  • metacarpal — I noun any bone of the hand between the wrist and fingers • Syn: ↑metacarpal bone • Hypernyms: ↑bone, ↑os • Part Holonyms: ↑metacarpus II …   Useful english dictionary

  • metacarpal — I. adjective Date: 1739 of, relating to, or being the metacarpus or a metacarpal II. noun Date: 1831 a bone of the part of the hand or forefoot between the carpus and the phalanges that typically contains five more or less elongated bones when… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • metacarpal — met•a•car•pal [[t]ˌmɛt əˈkɑr pəl[/t]] adj. 1) anat. of or pertaining to the metacarpus 2) anat. a metacarpal bone • Etymology: 1730–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • metacarpal — /mɛtəˈkapəl/ (say metuh kahpuhl) adjective 1. of or relating to the metacarpus. –noun 2. a metacarpal bone …  

  • Metacarpal boss — Metacarpal Bossing is a small, immovable mass of bone that is usually found at the base of the 2nd and 3rd metacarpal bones where they meet the small bones of the wrist. This condition can result in sensitivity in the immediate area and/or an… …   Wikipedia

  • metacarpal bone middle — metacarpal bone, third os metacarpi tertium …   Medical dictionary

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