[ met-uh-kahr-puhs ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈkɑr pəs /
Save This Word!

noun, plural met·a·car·pi [met-uh-kahr-pahy]. /ˌmɛt əˈkɑr paɪ/. Anatomy.

the part of a hand or forelimb, especially of its bony structure, included between the wrist, or carpus, and the fingers, or phalanges.



Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of metacarpus

1670–80; <New Latin (see meta-, carpus), replacing metacarpium<Greek metakárpion
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for metacarpus

/ (ˌmɛtəˈkɑːpəs) /

noun plural -pi (-paɪ)

the skeleton of the hand between the wrist and the fingers, consisting of five long bones
the corresponding bones in other vertebrates
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for metacarpus

[ mĕt′ə-kärpəs ]

n. pl. met•a•car•pi (-pī)

The part of the hand that includes the five bones between the fingers and the wrist.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Hate Typos? Get Grammar Coach