carpal

[ kahr-puhl ]

adjective
  1. pertaining to the carpus: the carpal joint.

noun
  1. a carpale.

Origin of carpal

1
From the New Latin word carpālis, dating back to 1735–45. See carpus, -al1

Other words from carpal

  • in·ter·car·pal, adjective
  • su·per·car·pal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for carpal

carpal

/ (ˈkɑːpəl) /


noun
  1. : Also: carpale (kɑːˈpeɪlɪ)

    • any bone of the wrist

    • (as modifier): carpal bones

Origin of carpal

1
C18: from New Latin carpālis, from Greek karpos wrist

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Scientific definitions for carpal

carpal

[ kärpəl ]


Adjective
  1. Relating to or involving the wrist.

Noun
  1. Any of the bones of the human wrist or the joint corresponding to the wrist in some other vertebrates, such as dinosaurs.

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