metacarpus

noun
meta·​car·​pus | \ ˌme-tə-ˈkär-pəs How to pronounce metacarpus (audio) \

Definition of metacarpus

: the part of the hand or forefoot that contains the metacarpals

First Known Use of metacarpus

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metacarpus

New Latin

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“Metacarpus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metacarpus. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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metacarpus

noun
meta·​car·​pus | \ ˌmet-ə-ˈkär-pəs How to pronounce metacarpus (audio) \

Medical Definition of metacarpus

: the part of the human hand or the front foot in quadrupeds between the carpus and the phalanges that contains five more or less elongated bones when all the digits are present (as in humans) but is modified in many animals by the loss or reduction of some bones or the fusing of adjacent bones

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