[ kahr-puhs ]
/ ˈkɑr pəs /
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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.
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Origin of carpus

1670–80; <New Latin <Greek karpós wrist
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British Dictionary definitions for carpus

/ (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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Scientific definitions for carpus

[ 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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