- the part of a hand or forelimb, especially of its bony structure, included between the wrist, or carpus, and the fingers, or phalanges.
Origin of metacarpus
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In them not only is the metacarpus turned back, but also the two first phalanges.
The metacarpus consists of bones which correspond to the back of the hand.
But the other variations are in the length of the metacarpus, or of the neck, or head.
The metacarpus is reduced to a single piece, which in the horse constitutes what is known as the canon.
- the skeleton of the hand between the wrist and the fingers, consisting of five long bones
- the corresponding bones in other vertebrates
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Word Origin and History for metacarpus
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- The part of the hand that includes the five bones between the fingers and the wrist.
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