metacarpal

adjective
meta·​car·​pal | \ ˌme-tə-ˈkär-pəl How to pronounce metacarpal (audio) \

Definition of metacarpal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being the metacarpus or a metacarpal

metacarpal

noun

Definition of metacarpal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bone of the part of the hand or forefoot between the carpus and the phalanges that typically contains five more or less elongated bones when all the digits are present

Examples of metacarpal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Eight small, bead-like carpal bones connect to the two lower-arm bones—the ulna and the radius—and to the metacarpal bones of the hand. Esther Smith, Outside Online, 8 Aug. 2021 In their post, the humane society team said X-rays revealed the fall had broken Ludwig's femur and three metacarpal bones that required a specialized surgery to repair, an operation that would cost $7,000 at minimum. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 25 Feb. 2022 Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Dylan Windler suffered a fourth metacarpal fracture during the team’s season-opening win on Wednesday night that will sideline him for at least one week. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 24 Dec. 2020 Foster broke the fifth metacarpal bone in one hand after the encounter, coach Tom Herman said Thursday on a Zoom call with reporters. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 11 June 2020 Meanwhile, backup guard Edmund Sumner fractured his right third metacarpal. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, 31 Oct. 2019 Nickelberry broke the metacarpal bone in his pinky finger while playing one-on-one with fellow freshman Samuell Williamson last week, Louisville coach Chris Mack told the Courier Journal. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, 19 June 2019 The team said he was diagnosed with a fractured fifth metacarpal bone on right hand, but did not say how long Cano would be out of action. Scooby Axson, SI.com, 13 May 2018 Then Tagovailoa fractured the second metacarpal bone in his left hand during the first offseason practice last month, leaving the team's offense in a state of abeyance. Rainer Sabin, AL.com, 20 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Arias was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning by Louisville’s Graham Ashcraft and suffered a fracture of his fifth metacarpal. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 2 May 2022 However, having Pat Connaughton suffer a fracture to the fourth metacarpal (ring finger) of his right hand late in Thursday's loss is a concern. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 14 Feb. 2022 During this past season, Seager was hit by a pitch and suffered a fracture of a right metacarpal, which is the long, slender bone that connects the wrist to the finger. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 After spending most of his first two seasons as a pro in the G League, Sumner started the first three games of the 2019-20 season before a non-displaced fracture of the right third metacarpal forced him out for a month. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Oct. 2021 After spending most of his first two seasons as a pro in the G League, Sumner started the first three games of the 2019-20 season before a non-displaced fracture of the right third metacarpal forced him out for a month. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Oct. 2021 After spending most of his first two seasons as a pro in the G League, Sumner started the first three games of the 2019-20 season before a non-displaced fracture of the right third metacarpal forced him out for a month. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Oct. 2021 After spending most of his first two seasons as a pro in the G League, Sumner started the first three games of the 2019-20 season before a non-displaced fracture of the right third metacarpal forced him out for a month. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Oct. 2021 After spending most of his first two seasons as a pro in the G League, Sumner started the first three games of the 2019-20 season before a non-displaced fracture of the right third metacarpal forced him out for a month. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of metacarpal

Adjective

1739, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Metacarpal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metacarpal. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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metacarpal

adjective
meta·​car·​pal | \ ˌmet-ə-ˈkär-pəl How to pronounce metacarpal (audio) \

Medical Definition of metacarpal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being the metacarpus or a metacarpal

metacarpal

noun

Medical Definition of metacarpal (Entry 2 of 2)

: any bone of the metacarpus of the human hand or the front foot in quadrupeds

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