[hahy-poth-uh-nahr, -ner, hahy-puh-thee-ner]Anatomy


the fleshly prominence on the palm at the base of the little finger.


of, relating to, or situated on the hypothenar.

Nearby words

  1. hypothec,
  2. hypotheca,
  3. hypothecary,
  4. hypothecate,
  5. hypothecium,
  6. hypothenuse,
  7. hypothermal,
  8. hypothermia,
  9. hypotheses,
  10. hypothesis

Origin of hypothenar

First recorded in 1700–10; hypo- + thenar

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Examples from the Web for hypothenar

  • In the ox and the horse we meet with no vestige of the muscles of the thenar or hypothenar eminences.

Medicine definitions for hypothenar


[hī′pō-thēnär′, -nər, hī-pŏthə-]


The fleshy mass at the medial side of the palm.antithenar
Related formshy′po•thenar adj.

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