ha·​mate | \ ˈhā-ˌmāt How to pronounce hamate (audio) \

Definition of hamate

: a bone on the inner side of the second row of the carpus in mammals

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Recent Examples on the Web Thompson missed almost two months of the 2019 season because of a fractured hamate bone in his left hand. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Casey Mize headlines Alabama’s first-round history in MLB Draft," 9 June 2020 Jose Ramirez, who finished third in the AL MVP race in both 2017 and ‘18, had returned to form after a sluggish first half but is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with a fractured right hamate bone. Matt Martell, SI.com, "Which Wild-Card Contenders Are Facing the Most Pressure?," 9 Sep. 2019 But there was little evidence to substantiate that thought bubble, plus Olson said his loose grip mitigated any issue a recovering hamate might complicate. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Three key stats: Matt Olson’s home runs, hard hits and WAR," 19 Sep. 2019 Ramirez missed four weeks during Cleveland's push for an American League playoff spot because of a broken fractured hamate bone in his right hand. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Jose Ramirez Blasts Two Home Runs vs. White Sox in Return From Hand Surgery," 24 Sep. 2019 By word of mouth, strictly, it was expected that Olson would have a full season of sapped power following hamate surgery — since the hamate, in theory, could affect his grip and, therefore, his swing. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Three key stats: Matt Olson’s home runs, hard hits and WAR," 19 Sep. 2019 Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez has been placed on the injured list with a fractured hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced on Sunday. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Indians Place Jose Ramirez on IL With Fractured Bone in Right Hand," 25 Aug. 2019 Diaz, who has recovered from surgery to remove the hamate, showed in spring training camp that the projection of him as the Marlins’ second baseman may not be far off. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins 2B prospect Isan Diaz shows power, must refine it," 17 Mar. 2018 Only later did the team reveal that Hernandez played the final month with a fractured hamate in his hand. Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants’ Hernandez turning AT&T into Gorkys’ park," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of hamate

1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hamate

Latin hamatus hooked, from hamus hook

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The first known use of hamate was in 1924

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20 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hamate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hamate. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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ha·​mate | \ ˈhā-ˌmāt also ˈham-ət \

Medical Definition of hamate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: shaped like a hook


variants: or hamate bone

Medical Definition of hamate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bone on the little-finger side of the second row of the carpus in mammals

called also unciform, unciform bone

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