[mey-nuh s]

noun, plural ma·nus.

Anatomy, Zoology. the distal segment of the forelimb of a vertebrate, including the carpus and the forefoot or hand.
Roman Law. power over persons, as that of the husband over the wife.

Origin of manus

1510–20; < Latin: hand



noun, plural Ma·nus.

a member of a people living on the island of Manus, in the Admiralty Islands.



noun Hindu Mythology.

the progenitor and lawgiver of the human race. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for manus


noun plural -nus

anatomy the wrist and hand
the corresponding part in other vertebrates
Roman law the authority of a husband over his wife
English law (formerly) an oath or the person taking an oath

Word Origin for manus

C19: Latin: hand
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Medicine definitions for manus


[mānəs, mănəs]

n. pl. manus

The distal part of the arm, including the carpus, metacarpus, and digits.
The hand.
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