carpal

1 of 2

adjective

car·​pal ˈkär-pəl How to pronounce carpal (audio)
: of or relating to the carpus

carpal

2 of 2

noun

: a carpal element or bone

Examples of carpal in a Sentence

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Adjective
Not a regular musical On Jan. 12, audiences will return to North Shore High School, where Cady is the new girl, Ms. Norbury (Fey) is still teaching calculus, and Principal Duvall (Tim Meadows) is still wearing a cast for his carpal tunnel. EW.com, 20 Dec. 2023 Splinting the hand, especially at night, is probably the first course of action for most carpal tunnel patients. Benjamin Plackett, Discover Magazine, 27 Jan. 2024 The carpal tunnel is a literal tunnel of space bordered by the carpal (wrist) bones and their ligaments, and by a connective tissue structure called the flexor retinaculum. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 10 May 2022 For carpal tunnel, the study found that while there was less ulnar deviation with vertical mice, there wasn't a strong decrease in carpal tunnel pressure. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 The roof of the carpal tunnel is divided, which relieves pressure on the median nerve. Kristin Karim, M.d., Mayo Foundation For Medical Education and Research, Chicago Tribune, 7 July 2023 Surgical intervention for carpal tunnel syndrome is a carpal tunnel release. Kristin Karim, M.d., Mayo Foundation For Medical Education and Research, Chicago Tribune, 7 July 2023 The clamp down on the carpal bone hitting the cheek first has got to be zero tolerance. Mark Anderson, ajc, 15 Feb. 2023 Was that momentary hand weakness a TIA or a carpal tunnel flare? Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, 1 Oct. 2015
Noun
Eight small wrist bones called carpals are mostly hidden from external view. Sabrina Sholts, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024 This compact massager heats and kneads in tandem which can be helpful for tired hands but also for relieving symptoms of arthritis, carpal tunnel, and even finger numbness. Kaitlyn McInnis, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2023 The surgeon inspects the tunnel and then uses a blade attached to the camera to cut the transverse carpal ligament — the roof of the tunnel — to relieve nerve compression. Kristin Karim, M.d., Mayo Foundation For Medical Education and Research, Chicago Tribune, 7 July 2023 The balls are made from thermoplastic rubber designed to strengthen muscles while easing joint and carpal tunnel pain. Mary K. Tatum, Ms, Verywell Health, 5 July 2023 The carpal tunnel is a literal tunnel of space bordered by the carpal (wrist) bones and their ligaments, and by a connective tissue structure called the flexor retinaculum. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 10 May 2022 Wrist supports or braces can also promote faster healing for fractures or tendon injuries, decrease pain caused by sprains or strains, and prevent injuries from physical activities such as weightlifting, as well as conditions like carpal tunnel. Sherri Gordon, Verywell Health, 17 Apr. 2023 Roman still carries himself like an undiscovered genius, but another undiscovered decade has left him with gray hairs and carpal tunnel. Darren Franich, EW.com, 16 Feb. 2023 This is particularly a tale of two wrist bones - the radiale, which became increasingly wedge-like, and the semilunate carpal, which developed a rounded, convex dip. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 3 Mar. 2010

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

New Latin carpalis, from carpus

First Known Use

Adjective

1743, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carpal was in 1743

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“Carpal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carpal. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

carpal

1 of 2 adjective
car·​pal ˈkär-pəl How to pronounce carpal (audio)
: relating to the wrist or carpus

carpal

2 of 2 noun
: a carpal bone or cartilage

Medical Definition

carpal

1 of 2 adjective
car·​pal ˈkär-pəl How to pronounce carpal (audio)
: relating to the carpus

carpal

2 of 2 noun
: a carpal element : carpale
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