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

Other Words from scaphoid

scaphoid adjective

Examples of scaphoid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Medical records filed in court report a fracture of the scaphoid, a bone in the wrist, that was surgically repaired with screws. Eric Fleischauer The Decatur Daily, al, 4 June 2021 The Frenchman, who underwent surgery after fracturing his scaphoid in the accident, will start his next race -- potentially this weekend -- from the pit lane. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, 21 Aug. 2020 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, 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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“Scaphoid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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