[mey-nuh s]
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noun, plural ma·nus.
  1. Anatomy, Zoology. the distal segment of the forelimb of a vertebrate, including the carpus and the forefoot or hand.
  2. Roman Law. power over persons, as that of the husband over the wife.

Origin of manus

1510–20; < Latin: hand


noun, plural Ma·nus.
  1. a member of a people living on the island of Manus, in the Admiralty Islands.


noun Hindu Mythology.
  1. the progenitor and lawgiver of the human race. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for manus


noun plural -nus
  1. anatomy the wrist and hand
  2. the corresponding part in other vertebrates
  3. Roman law the authority of a husband over his wife
  4. English law (formerly) an oath or the person taking an oath

Word Origin for manus

C19: Latin: hand
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manus in Medicine


[mānəs, mănəs]
n. pl. manus
  1. The distal part of the arm, including the carpus, metacarpus, and digits.
  2. The hand.
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