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  1. boat-shaped; navicular.
  1. Anatomy. a navicular.

Origin of scaphoid

1735–45; < New Latin scaphoīdēs < Greek skaphoeidḗs like a boat. See scaph(o)-, -oid
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Examples from the Web for scaphoid

Historical Examples

  • (b.) Below the ankle, close to the attachment to the scaphoid.

    A Manual of the Operations of Surgery

    Joseph Bell

  • The corner of the scaphoid just reaches the magnum also in Amblypoda.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • In Echidna the carpus is broad, the scaphoid and lunar are united and there is no centrale.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • In the carpus a centrale is present, and the scaphoid and lunar are separate.

  • The scaphoid and lunar are separate, and there is a centrale.

British Dictionary definitions for scaphoid


  1. anatomy an obsolete word for navicular

Word Origin

C18: via New Latin from Greek skaphoeidēs, from skaphē boat
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Word Origin and History for scaphoid


1741, from Modern Latin scaphoides "boat-shaped," from Greek skaphoeides, with -oeides (see -oid) + skaphe "light boat, skiff;" also "basin, trough, a bowl;" literally "thing dug or cut out," from PIE *skabh-, from root *(s)kep- "to cut" (see scabies). Related: Scaphoidal (1680s).

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scaphoid in Medicine


  1. Shaped like a boat; hollow.
  1. navicular