[met-uh-kahr-puh s]
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noun, plural met·a·car·pi [met-uh-kahr-pahy] /ˌmɛt əˈkɑr paɪ/. Anatomy.
  1. the part of a hand or forelimb, especially of its bony structure, included between the wrist, or carpus, and the fingers, or phalanges.

Origin of metacarpus

1670–80; < New Latin (see meta-, carpus), replacing metacarpium < Greek metakárpion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for metacarpus

grip, fist, palm, ham, paw, extremity, grasp, hold, fin, hook, shaker, mitt, metacarpus, phalanges

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British Dictionary definitions for metacarpus


noun plural -pi (-paɪ)
  1. the skeleton of the hand between the wrist and the fingers, consisting of five long bones
  2. the corresponding bones in other vertebrates
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Word Origin and History for metacarpus

1650s, Modern Latin, from Greek metakarpion, from meta- (see meta-) + karpos "wrist" (see carpus). Related: Metacarpal.

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metacarpus in Medicine


n. pl. met•a•car•pi (-pī)
  1. The part of the hand that includes the five bones between the fingers and the wrist.
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