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

Definition of metacarpal

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



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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "Dylan Windler suffers fractured left hand, will be re-evaluated in one week," 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, "Texas DB B.J. Foster suffers broken hand after punching car bumper," 11 June 2020 Meanwhile, backup guard Edmund Sumner fractured his right third metacarpal. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers Myles Turner (ankle) is week-to-week, Edmond Sumner has broken hand," 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, "Louisville basketball's Josh Nickelberry recovering from a broken hand," 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,, "Mariners' Robinson Cano Breaks Hand After Being Hit By Pitch," 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,, "Has Tua Tagovailoa's injury stunted the growth of Alabama's offense?," 20 Apr. 2018 Love fractured the fifth metacarpal Tuesday night during a loss at Detroit, and his injury is just the latest mishap for the Cavs, who are coming off a sub-par January. USA TODAY, "Cavs' Love out 2 months with broken hand, avoids surgery," 2 Feb. 2018 Nine screws hold the metacarpal bone of his index finger together. Josh Robbins,, "Nikola Vucevic focuses on rehabbing his left hand, says he doesn’t want trade," 26 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bagley left late in the first half against the Charlotte Hornets, and an X-ray confirmed a fracture of the fourth metacarpal, the Kings said. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Knicks' Julius Randle restrained by teammates after controversial call in loss to Nets," 16 Mar. 2021 The Kings announced after the game that Bagley sustained a fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand. Steve Reed, Star Tribune, "Rozier, Hayward help Hornets rally past Kings 122-116," 15 Mar. 2021 He was examined at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and imaging Sunday morning confirmed a fracture in his fourth metacarpal. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Larry Nance Jr. to miss six weeks with fractured left hand," 7 Feb. 2021 The 31-year-old veteran, who had been batting in the two-hole for Miami, suffered a non-displaced fracture of his fifth metacarpal after being plunked on his left hand during the ninth inning of the Marlins' 5-1 victory over Chicago in Game 1. Wells Dusenbury,, "Starling Marte held out of today’s Marlins game with hand injury; Braves await in next round," 2 Oct. 2020 Marte was hit by a fastball in the ninth inning of Miami’s 5-1 win Wednesday, and X-rays revealed a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal -- the bone that leads into the pinkie finger. Creg Stephenson |, al, "MLB playoffs live stream (10/1): How to watch Wild Card games online, TV, time," 1 Oct. 2020 Rods or prosthetic fingers will be connected to Sutterfield’s metacarpals. Peggy O’hare,, "Iconic Village fire survivor resuming college studies, planning for future," 2 Jan. 2020 Hayward had surgery on Monday to repair a fourth metacarpal fracture in his left hand and is expected to miss approximately six weeks. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Broken hand robs Gordon Hayward of joyous, All-Star start to season," 12 Nov. 2019 Warriors guard Stephen Curry underwent surgery Friday on the broken second metacarpal in his left hand and will miss at least three months, the team announced in a news release Friday afternoon. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ Stephen Curry undergoes surgery, to miss at least 3 months," 1 Nov. 2019

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Metacarpal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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

Medical Definition of metacarpal

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



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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