metacarpal

[ met-uh-kahr-puh l ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈkɑr pəl /

adjective Anatomy.

of or relating to the metacarpus.

noun

a metacarpal bone.

Origin of metacarpal

First recorded in 1730–40; meta- + carpal

Related forms

in·ter·met·a·car·pal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for metacarpal

metacarpal

/ (ˌmɛtəˈkɑːpəl) anatomy /

adjective

of or relating to the metacarpus

noun

a metacarpal bone
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Medicine definitions for metacarpal

metacarpal

[ mĕt′ə-kärpəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to the metacarpus.

n.

Any of the five long bones that form the metacarpus and articulate with the bones of the distal row of the carpus and with the five proximal phalanges.

Related forms

met′a•carpal•ly adv.
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Science definitions for metacarpal

metacarpal

[ mĕt′ə-kärpəl ]

Any of the bones of the hands in humans or the forelimbs in animals that are located between the carpal bones and the phalanges.
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