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Metacarpal   /mˌɛtəkˈɑrpəl/   Listen

Any bone of the hand between the wrist and fingers.  Synonym: metacarpal bone.

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"Metacarpal" Quotes from Famous Books

... of five bones, upon four of which the first range of the finger-bones is placed; and upon the other, the first bone of the thumb. The five metacarpal bones articulate with the second ...
— A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition) • Calvin Cutter

... minimise his sufferings, and to insist on the work being kept going as far as possible. The surgeon, Mr. Samwell, relates that after the murder at Owhyee they were enabled to identify his hand by the scar which he describes as "dividing the thumb from the fingers the whole length of the metacarpal bones." Whilst Cook was laid up with his hand, and Mr. Parker was engaged with the survey, some of the men were employed brewing, and either the brew was stronger than usual or, the officer's eye ...
— The Life of Captain James Cook • Arthur Kitson

... have insisted, to transmission, but they are noticed here chiefly on account of their occasional regrowth after amputation. Polydactylism graduates[26] by multifarious steps from a mere cutaneous appendage, not including any bone, to a double hand. But an additional digit, supported on a metacarpal bone, and furnished with all the proper muscles, nerves, and vessels, is sometimes so perfect, that it escapes detection, unless the fingers are actually counted. Occasionally there are several supernumerary digits; but usually only one, making the total number six. This one may ...
— The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2) • Charles Darwin

Words linked to "Metacarpal" :   metacarpus, os, bone, metacarpal bone, metacarpal artery, metacarpal vein

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