Definition of Metacarpal

1. Noun. Any bone of the hand between the wrist and fingers.

Exact synonyms: Metacarpal Bone
Generic synonyms: Bone, Os
Group relationships: Metacarpus

2. Adjective. Of or relating to the metacarpus. "Metacarpal bones"
Partainyms: Metacarpus
Derivative terms: Metacarpus

Definition of Metacarpal

1. a. Of or pertaining to the metacarpus.

Definition of Metacarpal

1. Adjective. Of the metacarpus. ¹

2. Noun. Any of the bones of the metacarpus. ¹

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Definition of Metacarpal

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Medical Definition of Metacarpal

1. One of the five bones to each digit in the hand. Metacarpals articulate with the carpal bones in the wrist and the phalanges (finger bone). (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Metacarpal

metaboric acid
metabotropic receptor
metacarpal (current term)
metacarpal artery
metacarpal bone
metacarpal index
metacarpal vein
metacarpal veins
metacarpohypothenar reflex
metacarpophalangeal articulations
metacarpophalangeal joint
metacarpophalangeal joints
metacarpothenar reflex

Literary usage of Metacarpal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The Dorsal Ligaments, the strongest and most distinct, connect the carpal and metacarpal bones on their dorsal surface. The second metacarpal bone receives ..."

2. The Anatomy of the human skeleton by Henry Morris, John Ernest Frazer (1914)
"Three dorsal ligaments pass to the second metacarpal bone: one from each of the ... Two dorsal bands pass from the capitate to the third metacarpal bone. ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"Occasionally the fourth and fifth carpo- metacarpal joints have a separate synovial membrane. ... The metacarpal bone of the little finger is most movable, ..."

4. Quain's Elements of Anatomy by Jones Quain, Allen Thomson, George Dancer Thane (1882)
"The four inner metacarpal bones are bound together at their distal extremities by film ~ |i¡i>sin<í between the palmar ligaments of the meta- ..."

5. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"The medial four metacarpal bones are connected to the carpus by volar and dorsal ... Each of these metacarpal bones, with the exception of the fifth, ..."

6. The anatomist's vade mecum: a system of human anatomy by Erasmus Wilson (1845)
"The metacarpal bone of the thumb is one-third shorter than the rest, flattened and broad on its dorsal aspect, and convex on its palmar side ; the articular ..."

7. The Dublin dissector or Manual of anatomy by Robert Harrison (1854)
"tween the third and fourth metacarpal bones. The continuity of this one synovial membrane through so many articulations, and its contiguity to the other ..."

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