scaphoid

[skaf-oid]
noun
  1. Anatomy. a navicular.

Origin of scaphoid

1735–45; < New Latin scaphoīdēs < Greek skaphoeidḗs like a boat. See scaph(o)-, -oid
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British Dictionary definitions for scaphoid

scaphoid

adjective
  1. anatomy an obsolete word for navicular

Word Origin for scaphoid

C18: via New Latin from Greek skaphoeidēs, from skaphē boat
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Word Origin and History for scaphoid
adj.

1741, from Modern Latin scaphoides "boat-shaped," from Greek skaphoeides, with -oeides (see -oid) + skaphe "light boat, skiff;" also "basin, trough, a bowl;" literally "thing dug or cut out," from PIE *skabh-, from root *(s)kep- "to cut" (see scabies). Related: Scaphoidal (1680s).

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scaphoid in Medicine

scaphoid

[skăfoid′]
adj.
  1. Shaped like a boat; hollow.
n.
  1. navicular
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