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



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 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 The injury was to the second metacarpal bone in his left hand, which is his non-shooting hand, Lakers officials said. Tania Ganguli,, "Larry Nance Jr. breaks his hand in Lakers' loss to Portland," 3 Nov. 2017 The most likely hand injury is a metacarpal fracture or similar injury. Profootballdoc,, "Orlando Scandrick could need surgery, should return quickly," 10 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Lee, a Baltimore native and Calvert Hall graduate, underwent an MRI exam Tuesday morning that revealed a nondisplaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal. Janie Mccauley,, "Warriors two-way guard Damion Lee, former Calvert Hall star, breaks bone in right hand," 12 Nov. 2019 Even before Curry collided with center Aron Baynes and broke the second metacarpal in his left hand Wednesday, the Warriors were pairing a matador defense with an inconsistent offense. Connor Letourneau,, "Should the Warriors tank? They might not have a choice," 31 Oct. 2019 The Marlins’ top player, Anderson fractured his left fifth metacarpal after being drilled by a fastball in Friday’s win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Wells Dusenbury,, "With Brian Anderson out, how do Marlins fill the void without their best player?," 24 Aug. 2019 On Thursday, Giants third baseman Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch that fractured the fifth metacarpal on his left hand. Khadrice Rollins,, "Evan Longoria Expected to Miss Six to Eight Weeks Following Surgery On Fractured Hand," 16 June 2018 The other side: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was hit by a pitch on the right hand and sustained a fractured fifth metacarpal on his right hand. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers walk off vs. Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Mother's Day," 13 May 2018

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Metacarpal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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



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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