car·​pal | \ ˈkär-pəl How to pronounce carpal (audio) \

Definition of carpal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the carpus



Definition of carpal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a carpal element or bone

Examples of carpal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In 1974, Zay had carpal tunnel surgery on her right wrist and was forced to paint with her left hand. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Artist Zay’s work graces many Medina homes: Medina County Local Legends," 19 Jan. 2020 In addition to issues like carpal tunnel and tendinitis, injuries like fractures and sprains may also require medical attention. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "5 stretches to help relieve wrist pain," 14 Nov. 2019 People around the world get carpal tunnel, however, from typing, being a chef, a checker or even by a case of bad luck. Mary Schumacher,, "Using cannabis to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome," 20 Sep. 2019 This can result in carpal tunnel symptoms like pain, numbness, thumb muscle weakness, and decreased function, according to the NINDS. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "The Right Way to Use Your Phone So You Don’t Wreck Your Body," 27 Sep. 2018 Ryan told Rolling Stone that the list included tendinitis in his shoulder and wrist, some nerve problems, carpal tunnel, and a tear in his right shoulder. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Wait, Who Else Besides Adam Levine Is in Maroon 5?," 20 Jan. 2019 That single dynamic, player and coach, will drive news ink by the tanker and propel Internet clicks to carpal tunnel. Bryce Miller,, "Memo to Luke Walton: Here's comes LeBron ... and all that comes with it," 2 July 2018 Last month, Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price missed a game against the New York Yankee’s because of mild carpal tunnel caused by playing too much Fortnite. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Are Video Games An Addiction? The World Health Organization Thinks So," 18 June 2018 Paul Daugherty has carpal tunnel from writing this column so many times. Jason Williams,, "PX column: Bengals' threat reminds us they're not about being good corporate citizens," 6 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The elbows, wrists, and three fingers will look familiar, but the carpals (the flat part of the hand) are very long. Amy Raudenbush,, "Hey, kids: Draw this prehistoric pteranodon for a chance to see your artwork published," 6 July 2018 And with Red Sox lefty David Price battling carpal-tunnel syndrome, a reporter asked manager Alex Cora if Fortnite could be to blame. Ted Berg, For The Win, "Red Sox manager downplays concern David Price got carpal-tunnel syndrome from Fortnite," 10 May 2018 The bones that made the difference seemed to be the bones of the hand and wrist (phalanges, metacarpals, and carpals), the lower arm (radius and ulna), ankles (tarsals), and parts of the leg (femur and fibula, but oddly not the tibia). Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Machine-learning says Homo naledi may not have buried its dead," 6 Apr. 2018 And Kate and William's super-long titles that probably gave the poor registrar carpal tunnel. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Why Princess Charlotte Won't Wear a Dress Until Her Next Birthday," 22 Sep. 2015 Chi ARC Automatic Rotating Curling Iron, $130 Curling iron carpal tunnel could be a thing of the past with Chi's automatic rotating barrel that does the swiveling for you. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "The Best Curling Irons for Every Budget," 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of carpal


1743, in the meaning defined above


1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carpal


New Latin carpalis, from carpus

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The first known use of carpal was in 1743

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30 Jan 2020

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“Carpal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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car·​pal | \ ˈkär-pəl How to pronounce carpal (audio) \

Medical Definition of carpal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to the carpus



Medical Definition of carpal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a carpal element : carpale

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