carpal

[ kahr-puh l ]
/ ˈkɑr pəl /
Anatomy

adjective

pertaining to the carpus: the carpal joint.

noun

a carpale.

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Origin of carpal

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

OTHER WORDS FROM carpal

in·ter·car·pal, adjectivesu·per·car·pal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for carpals

carpal
/ (ˈkɑːpəl) /

noun

  1. any bone of the wrist
  2. (as modifier)carpal bones
Also: carpale (kɑːˈpeɪlɪ)

Word Origin for carpal

C18: from New Latin carpālis, from Greek karpos wrist
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Medical definitions for carpals

carpal
[ kärpəl ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or near the carpus.

n.

Any of the bones of the carpus, including the scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, and hamate bones.
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Scientific definitions for carpals

carpal
[ kärpəl ]

Adjective

Relating to or involving the wrist.

Noun

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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