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

Examples of hamate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wendzel, the second of two first-round picks in 2019, broke the hook of the hamate bone in his left wrist during a swing on Tuesday while playing for Double-A Frisco. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 Aristides Aquino had surgery on April 16 to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 14 May 2021 But earlier in the count, Aquino suffered a hamate fracture in his left hand. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 16 Apr. 2021 Giants catcher Curt Casali, who signed a one-year contract in early January to be Buster Posey’s backup, is recovering from hamate surgery and is expected to be healthy for the season opener. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Feb. 2021 Pham had been out since fracturing his left hamate bone on Aug. 16 and had surgery. Bernie Wilson, Star Tribune, 19 Sep. 2020 Also, infielder Andy Young's season is over after he was hit by a pitch on his right hand and needed surgery to remove the hamate, which is a bone on the hand. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 19 Sep. 2020 Urías broke the hamate bone in his left hand in January playing winter ball in his native Mexico and missed the first month of spring camp. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2020 While playing winter ball in Mexico in January, Urías suffered a broken hamate bone in his left hand, requiring surgery that kept him out of action for most of spring training. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2020

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Hamate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hamate. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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