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metacarpus

[met-uh-kahr-puh s] /ˌmɛt əˈkɑr pəs/
noun, plural metacarpi
[met-uh-kahr-pahy] /ˌmɛt əˈkɑr paɪ/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy
1.
the part of a hand or forelimb, especially of its bony structure, included between the wrist, or carpus, and the fingers, or phalanges.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Neo-Latin (see meta-, carpus), replacing metacarpium < Greek metakárpion
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British Dictionary definitions for meta carpus

metacarpus

/ˌmɛtəˈkɑːpəs/
noun (pl) -pi (-paɪ)
1.
the skeleton of the hand between the wrist and the fingers, consisting of five long bones
2.
the corresponding bones in other vertebrates
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Word Origin and History for meta carpus

metacarpus

n.

1650s, Modern Latin, from Greek metakarpion, from meta- (see meta-) + karpos "wrist" (see carpus). Related: Metacarpal.

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meta carpus in Medicine

metacarpus met·a·car·pus (mět'ə-kär'pəs)
n. pl. met·a·car·pi (-pī)
The part of the hand that includes the five bones between the fingers and the wrist.

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