Definition of Metacarpus

1. Noun. The part of the hand between the carpus and phalanges.

Terms within: Metacarpal, Metacarpal Bone
Group relationships: Hand, Manus, Mitt, Paw
Generic synonyms: Skeletal Structure
Derivative terms: Metacarpal

Definition of Metacarpus

1. n. That part of the skeleton of the hand or forefoot between the carpus and phalanges. In man it consists of five bones. See Illust. of Artiodactyla.

Definition of Metacarpus

1. Noun. (anatomy) The five bones that form intermediate part of the hand between the fingers and the wrist. ¹

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Definition of Metacarpus

1. [n -CARPI]

Medical Definition of Metacarpus

1. That part of the skeleton of the hand or forefoot between the carpus and phalanges. In man it consists of five bones. Origin: NL, fr. Gr.; beyond, between + the wrist. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Metacarpus

metacarpal artery
metacarpal bone
metacarpal index
metacarpal vein
metacarpal veins
metacarpohypothenar reflex
metacarpophalangeal articulations
metacarpophalangeal joint
metacarpophalangeal joints
metacarpothenar reflex
metacarpus (current term)
metacentric chromosome
metacentric stability

Literary usage of Metacarpus

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1. The Comparative anatomy of the domesticated animals by Auguste Chauveau (1887)
"The name of this muscle indicates its function ; it extends tho metacarpus on the fore-arm. 2. Oblique Extensor of the metacarpus. (Figs. ..."

2. A Text Book of Anatomy, and Guide in Dissections: For the Use of Students of by Washington R. Handy (1854)
"The metacarpus is situated between the carpus and the phalanges, and consists of five bones. ... Each metacarpus is composed of a head, shaft and base. ..."

3. Atlas and Epitome of Operative Surgery by Otto Zuckerkandl (1898)
"The apex of the oval, as well as its longitudinal incision, may be situated either upon the dorsal aspect or upon the ulnar border of the metacarpus ..."

4. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The metacarpus. The Metacarpal Bones are five in number: they are long, cylindrical bones, presenting for examination a shaft and two extremities. ..."

5. The Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body by John Bell, Charles Bell (1829)
"—The metacarpus is composed bones. of four bones, upon which the fingers are founded. * Late years have presented to me a subluxation of the ..."

6. Catalogue of the Fossil Mammalia in the British Museum, (Natural History) by Richard Lydekker (1885)
"The left metacarpus, considerably shorter than either of the preceding ... The right metacarpus, somewhat smaller than the last ; from Kent's Cavern, ..."

7. Human Osteology: Comprising a Description of the Bones with Delineations of by Luther Holden, James Shuter (1885)
"The metacarpus consists of the five bones which support the phalanges of the thumb and fingers. They are described as the first, second, third, fourth, ..."

8. Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal (1841)
"Removal of one of the bones of the metacarpus, the corresponding finger being preserved. By M. BLANDIN. (Bulletin tie f Academic Royale de Mc- decine. ..."

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