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carpus

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noun, car·pus \ˈkär-pəs\

Definition of carpus

plural carpi play \-ˌpī, -(ˌ)pē\

  1. 1 :  wrist 1

  2. 2 :  the bones of the wrist



Origin of carpus

New Latin, from Greek karpos — more at wharf


First Known Use: 1676


Medical Dictionary

carpus

play
noun car·pus \ˈkär-pəs\

Medical Definition of carpus

plural carpi \-ˌpī, -ˌpē\play

  1. 1:  wrist

  2. 2:  the group of bones supporting the wrist comprising in humans a proximal row which contains the scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, and pisiform that articulate with the radius and a distal row which contains the trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, and hamate that articulate with the metacarpals



Illustration of carpus


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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "carpus" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "carpus"


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