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noun, often attrib \ˈhand\

Medical Definition of HAND

a (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 specialization b :  a part serving the function of or resembling a hand; especially :  the hind foot of an ape c :  something resembling a hand; especially :  an indicator or pointer on a dial
:  a unit of measure equal to 4 inches or 10.2 centimeters used especially for the height of horses

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