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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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 That's the one that required surgery for a broken hamate bone after only the season's second game and kept him out three weeks. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "DeShields' hand feels better. That's the problem | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 May 2018 The theory goes that DeShields, who broke his left hamate bone in the second game of the season, would put more pressure on defenses because of his ability to steal bases. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: 'Electric stuff' for six innings. Here's why that's key for Minor, Rangers | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 Apr. 2018 The homer that broke his hamate was his 49th in four minor league seasons in the Diamondbacks and Brewers organizations. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins 2B prospect Isan Diaz shows power, must refine it," 17 Mar. 2018 Long’s 2016 season was cut short by an injury to the hamate bone in his left hand that required surgery. C. Trent Rosecrans, Cincinnati.com, "It's a long road, but it could lead to The Show," 21 Oct. 2017 Allen returned to Akron this year, but his progress was delayed four weeks into the season by a hamate bone injury in his hand. Kirk Kenney, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Former SDSU/Hilltop High star Greg Allen shares historical ride with Indians," 15 Sep. 2017 But that season was cut short after Stanton broke the hamate bone in his left hand. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Stanton’s home run streak continued, but so did Marlins’ woes," 19 July 2017

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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