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 While Logitech's ergonomic mice don't blatantly claim to help with carpal tunnel or other specific medical conditions, some have certification from Germany's AGR back health association. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 26 Apr. 2022 My mother, who has been a hairstylist for 43 years, is making light of her right hand’s diagnoses of carpal tunnel and trigger finger. Taylor Feezor, Bon Appétit, 1 Apr. 2022 Her carpal-tunnel-inducing artifact drawings can take three months each to complete, even with a team of four assistants to help with drawing and research. Max Pearl, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 Typing on even the best keyboards with traditional designs forces hands, wrists and forearms i to unnatural positions which can lead to problems like repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel. Dave Johnson, Forbes, 27 May 2021 On the other, more carpal-tunnel-ridden hand, does anyone really want to unwind after a hard day at the computer by watching someone else have an even harder one? Jessica Kiang, Rolling Stone, 13 May 2021 Stephen Strasburg struck out four of his six batters in his first start since August, allowing a walk and saying his fastball command has improved since carpal tunnel surgery. Creg Stephenson |, al, 10 Mar. 2021 By Anna Shechtman Powered by PuzzleMe™ Across 1 Like Fran Drescher’s laugh, famously 6 One of eight lining the carpal tunnel, e.g. Anna Shechtman, The New Yorker, 16 Apr. 2021 An ergonomic mouse can be easier on the hands of those who deal with chronic carpal tunnel pain. Kevin Luna,, 14 Apr. 2021 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,, 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, 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, 6 Apr. 2018 And Kate and William's super-long titles that probably gave the poor registrar carpal tunnel. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, 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, 20 Apr. 2017 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Carpal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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