EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective pertaining to the carpus: the carpal joint. Origin of carpal
dating back to
-al 1 Related forms in·ter·car·pal, adjective su·per·car·pal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for carpals Historical Examples of carpals
The radius and the ulna are completely separated, as are the
carpals, tarsals, meta carpals, and metatarsals are all free.
There is only one row of
carpals present (the proximal row of other tetrapods).
The third segment consists of nine small bones, the
carpals of the wrist or the tarsals of the ankle.
Metacarpal I oblong, or rather conical, with a lateral enlargement, and situated in line with the distal row of
carpals. British Dictionary definitions for carpals noun any bone of the wrist ( as modifier) carpal bones Also: carpale ( kɑːˈpeɪlɪ) Word Origin for carpal
C18: from New Latin
carpālis, from Greek karpos wrist
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Word Origin and History for carpals adj.
"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.
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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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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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