[ kahr-pahy ]
/ ˈkɑr paɪ /


plural of carpus.

Definition for carpi (2 of 2)


[ kahr-puh s ]
/ ˈkɑr pəs /

noun, plural car·pi [kahr-pahy] /ˈkɑr paɪ/. Anatomy.

the part of the upper extremity between the hand and the forearm; wrist.
the wrist bones collectively; the group of bones between the bones of the hand and the radius.

Origin of carpus

1670–80; < New Latin < Greek karpós wrist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carpi (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkɑːpaɪ) /


the plural of carpus

British Dictionary definitions for carpi (2 of 2)


/ (ˈkɑːpəs) /

noun plural -pi (-paɪ)

the technical name for wrist
the eight small bones of the human wrist that form the joint between the arm and the hand
the corresponding joint in other tetrapod vertebrates

Word Origin for carpus

C17: New Latin, from Greek karpos
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Word Origin and History for carpi



1670s, from Modern Latin carpus, from Greek karpos "wrist," from PIE *kwerp- "to turn, revolve" (see wharf).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for carpi


[ kärpəs ]

n. pl. car•pi (-pī′)

The group of eight carpal bones and associated soft parts forming the joint between the forearm and the hand, articulating with the radius and indirectly with the ulna, and with the five metacarpal bones.wrist
The carpal bones considered as a group.
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Science definitions for carpi


[ kärpəs ]

Plural carpi (kärpī′)

The group of eight bones lying between the forearm and the metacarpals and forming the wrist in humans.
The group of bones making up the joint corresponding to the wrist in some vertebrates, such as dinosaurs.
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