navicular

[nuh-vik-yuh-ler]Anatomy
noun
  1. Also na·vic·u·lar·e [nuh-vik-yuh-lair-ee, -lahr-ee] /nəˌvɪk yəˈlɛər i, -ˈlɑr i/. the bone at the radial end of the proximal row of the bones of the carpus.
  2. the bone in front of the talus on the inner side of the foot.

Origin of navicular

1535–45; < Late Latin nāviculāris of, relating to shipping, equivalent to Latin nāvicul(a) a small ship (nāvi(s) ship + -cula -cule1;) + -āris -ar1
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navicular

adjective (nəˈvɪkjʊlə)
  1. shaped like a boat
noun Also: naviculare (nəˌvɪkjʊˈlɑːrɪ)
  1. a small boat-shaped bone of the wrist or foot

Word Origin for navicular

C16: from Late Latin nāviculāris, from Latin nāvicula, diminutive of nāvis ship
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Word Origin and History for navicular
adj.

"boat-shaped," 1540s, from Late Latin navicularis "pertaining to a boat," from navicula, diminutive of navis "ship" (see naval).

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navicular in Medicine

navicular

[nə-vĭkyə-lər]
n.
  1. A comma-shaped bone of the wrist that is located in the first row of carpals.
  2. A concave bone of the foot, located between the talus and the metatarsals.scaphoid
adj.
  1. Shaped like a boat.
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