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thenar

[thee-nahr]
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noun Anatomy.
  1. the fleshy mass of the outer side of the palm of the hand.
  2. the fleshy prominence or ball of muscle at the base of the thumb.
adjective
  1. of or relating to the thenar.

Origin of thenar

1665–75; < New Latin < Greek thénar palm of hand or sole of foot
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Examples from the Web for thenar

Historical Examples

  • In the ox and the horse we meet with no vestige of the muscles of the thenar or hypothenar eminences.

    Artistic Anatomy of Animals

    douard Cuyer


British Dictionary definitions for thenar

thenar

noun
  1. the palm of the hand
  2. the fleshy area of the palm at the base of the thumb
adjective
  1. of or relating to the palm or the region at the base of the thumb

Word Origin

C17: via New Latin from Greek; related to Old High German tenar palm of the hand
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thenar in Medicine

thenar

(thēnär′, -nər)
n.
  1. The fleshy mass on the palm at the base of the thumb.thenar prominence
adj.
  1. Of or relating to the thenar.
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