scaph·​oid | \ ˈska-ˌfȯid How to pronounce scaphoid (audio) \

Definition of scaphoid

2 : the bone of the thumb side of the carpus that is the largest in the proximal row also : the navicular bone of the tarsus

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scaphoid adjective

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The flexible little rubber arms clip onto any pair of EarPods (or AirPods), extending their height and supporting them against the curl of flesh at the top of your ear called the scaphoid fossa. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Your New Apple EarPods Fit Perfectly," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of scaphoid

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scaphoid

New Latin scaphoides, from Greek skaphoeidēs, from skaphos boat

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The first known use of scaphoid was in 1831

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scaph·​oid | \ ˈskaf-ˌȯid How to pronounce scaphoid (audio) \

Medical Definition of scaphoid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : shaped like a boat : navicular
2 : characterized by concavity the abdomen was soft and scaphoid without tenderness— Nancy M. Heiss et al


variants: or scaphoid bone

Medical Definition of scaphoid (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : the largest carpal bone of the proximal row of the wrist that occupies the most lateral position on the thumb side

called also navicular

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