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carpal

[kahr-puh l] /ˈkɑr pəl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the carpus:
the carpal joint.
noun
2.
a carpale.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; < Neo-Latin carpālis. See carpus, -al1
Related forms
intercarpal, adjective
supercarpal, adjective
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Examples for carpal
  • The carpal bones, eight in number, are arranged in two rows.
  • For example, if you have carpal tunnel syndrome or low back pain, your doctor may recommend certain exercises.
  • carpal tunnel syndrome may occur as an early or late complication of the injury.
  • Muscle cramps are common, and carpal tunnel syndrome or symptoms similar to arthritis sometimes develop.
  • If not, then the carpal tunnel release surgery is recommended.
British Dictionary definitions for carpal

carpal

/ˈkɑːpəl/
noun
1.
  1. any bone of the wrist
  2. (as modifier) carpal bones
Also carpale (kɑːˈpeɪlɪ)
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin carpālis, from Greek karpos wrist
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Word Origin and History for carpal
adj.

"of the wrist," 1743, from Modern Latin carpalis, from carpus "wrist" (see carpus). Carpal tunnel syndrome attested by 1970, from carpal tunnel, the tunnel-like passage that carries nerves through the wrist.

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carpal in Medicine

carpal car·pal (kär'pəl)
adj.
Of, relating to, or near the carpus. n.
Any of the bones of the carpus, including the scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, and hamate bones.

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carpal in Science
carpal
  (kär'pəl)   
Adjective  Relating to or involving the wrist.

Noun  Any of the bones of the human wrist or the joint corresponding to the wrist in some other vertebrates, such as dinosaurs.
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