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metacarpal

[ met-uh-kahr-puhl ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈkɑr pəl /
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adjective Anatomy.
of or relating to the metacarpus.
noun
a metacarpal bone.
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Origin of metacarpal

First recorded in 1730–40; meta- + carpal

OTHER WORDS FROM metacarpal

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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Scientific 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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