carpus

noun
car·​pus | \ ˈkär-pəs How to pronounce carpus (audio) \
plural carpi\ ˈkär-​ˌpī How to pronounce carpus (audio) , -​(ˌ)pē \

Definition of carpus

2 : the bones of the wrist

First Known Use of carpus

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carpus

New Latin, from Greek karpos — more at wharf

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“Carpus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carpus. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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carpus

noun
car·​pus | \ ˈkär-pəs How to pronounce carpus (audio) \
plural carpi\ -​ˌpī, -​ˌpē How to pronounce carpus (audio) \

Medical Definition of carpus

1 : wrist
2 : the group of bones supporting the wrist comprising in humans a proximal row which contains the scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, and pisiform that articulate with the radius and a distal row which contains the trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, and hamate that articulate with the metacarpals

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