plural of carpus. Unabridged


noun, plural carpi [kahr-pahy] . Anatomy.
the part of the upper extremity between the hand and the forearm; wrist.
the wrist bones collectively; the group of bones between the bones of the hand and the radius.

1670–80; < Neo-Latin < Greek karpós wrist Unabridged
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carpi (ˈkɑːpaɪ)
the plural of carpus

carpus (ˈkɑːpəs)
n , pl -pi
1.  the technical name for wrist
2.  the eight small bones of the human wrist that form the joint between the arm and the hand
3.  the corresponding joint in other tetrapod vertebrates
[C17: New Latin, from Greek karpos]

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1679, from Mod.L. carpus, from Gk. karpos "wrist."
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carpus car·pus (kär'pəs)
n. pl. car·pi (-pī')

  1. The group of eight carpal bones and associated soft parts forming the joint between the forearm and the hand, articulating with the radius and indirectly with the ulna, and with the five metacarpal bones. Also called wrist.

  2. The carpal bones considered as a group.

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carpus   (kär'pəs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural carpi (kär'pī')
  1. The group of eight bones lying between the forearm and the metacarpals and forming the wrist in humans.

  2. The group of bones making up the joint corresponding to the wrist in some vertebrates, such as dinosaurs.

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