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hand

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noun, often attributive \ˈhand\

Medical Definition of hand

  1. 1a (1):  the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ (2):  the forelimb segment (as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specializationb:  a part serving the function of or resembling a hand; especially :  the hind foot of an apec:  something resembling a hand; especially :  an indicator or pointer on a dial

  2. 2:  a unit of measure equal to 4 inches or 10.2 centimeters used especially for the height of horses



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