Common examples are in fractures of the metacarpus and metatarsus of the first phalanx.
The metacarpus consists of bones which correspond to the back of the hand.
It is somewhat remarkable how often this occurred when the short hard bones of the metacarpus were struck.
The metacarpus is formed of three bones: the principal metacarpal and the two rudimentary ones.
In Palamedea and some other birds the metacarpus bears a bony outgrowth, which when sheathed in horn forms a spur.
The external rudimentary metatarsal is better developed than the internal; in the metacarpus the reverse is the case.
The metacarpus is reduced to a single piece, which in the horse constitutes what is known as the canon.
This is why, as we have pointed out above, it receives the name of the oblique flexor of the metacarpus.
The sagittal crest is less marked; the fifth digit is reduced to a tiny nodule representing the metacarpus.
The whole finger is preserved in other specimens straightened out so as to be in line with the metacarpus.
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.