scaph·​oid ˈska-ˌfȯid How to pronounce scaphoid (audio)
: the bone of the thumb side of the carpus that is the largest in the proximal row
also : the navicular bone of the tarsus
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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Word History


New Latin scaphoides, from Greek skaphoeidēs, from skaphos boat

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of scaphoid was in 1831

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Cite this Entry

“Scaphoid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
scaph·​oid ˈskaf-ˌȯid How to pronounce scaphoid (audio)
: shaped like a boat : navicular
: characterized by concavity
the abdomen was soft and scaphoid without tendernessNancy M. Heiss et al.


2 of 2 noun
variants or scaphoid bone
: 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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