ma·​nus | \ ˈmā-nəs, ˈmä- \
plural manus\ -​nəs , -​ˌnüs \

Definition of manus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the distal segment of the vertebrate forelimb from carpus to terminus


geographical name
Ma·​nus | \ ˈmä-nəs \

Definition of Manus (Entry 2 of 2)

island of the southwestern Pacific in the Admiralty Islands of Papua New Guinea; largest of the group area 600 square miles (1560 square kilometers)

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Technology (machina) is not replacing the hand (manus); rather, the two are collaborating as never before, stimulating innovation and expression. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "At the Costume Institute, Couture Meets Technology," 5 May 2016

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First Known Use of manus


1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manus


New Latin, from Latin, hand

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The first known use of manus was in 1867

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ma·​nus | \ ˈmā-nəs, ˈmä- \
plural manus\ -​nəs , -​ˌnüs \

Medical Definition of manus

: the segment of the vertebrate forelimb from the carpus to the distal end

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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