[met-uh-kahr-puh l]

adjective Anatomy.

of or relating to the metacarpus.


a metacarpal bone.

Origin of metacarpal

First recorded in 1730–40; meta- + carpal
Related formsin·ter·met·a·car·pal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of or relating to the metacarpus


a metacarpal bone
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metacarpal in Medicine




Of or relating to the metacarpus.


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 formsmet′a•carpal•ly adv.
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metacarpal in Science



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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