- pertaining to the carpus: the carpal joint.
- a carpale.
Origin of carpal
Examples from the Web for carpals
The radius and the ulna are completely separated, as are the carpals.
The carpals, tarsals, metacarpals, and metatarsals are all free.
There is only one row of carpals present (the proximal row of other tetrapods).A New Order of Fishlike Amphibia From the Pennsylvanian of Kansas
Theodore H. Eaton
The third segment consists of nine small bones, the carpals of the wrist or the tarsals of the ankle.Degeneracy
Eugene S. Talbot
Metacarpal I oblong, or rather conical, with a lateral enlargement, and situated in line with the distal row of carpals.The Beaked Whales of the Family Ziphidae
- any bone of the wrist
- (as modifier)carpal bones
Word Origin and History for carpals
"of the wrist," 1743, from Modern Latin carpalis, from carpus "wrist" (see carpus). Carpal tunnel syndrome attested by 1970, from carpal tunnel, the tunnel-like passage that carries nerves through the wrist.
- Of, relating to, or near the carpus.
- Any of the bones of the carpus, including the scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, and hamate bones.
- Relating to or involving the wrist.
- Any of the bones of the human wrist or the joint corresponding to the wrist in some other vertebrates, such as dinosaurs.