/met'euh kahr"peuhs/, n., pl. metacarpi /-puy/. Anat.
the part of a hand or forelimb, esp. of its bony structure, included between the wrist, or carpus, and the fingers, or phalanges. See diag. under skeleton.
[1670-80; < NL (see META-, CARPUS), r. metacarpium < Gk metakárpion]

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  • Metacarpus — Met a*car pus, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?; ? beyond, between + ? the wrist.] (Anat.) That part of the skeleton of the hand or forefoot between the carpus and phalanges. In man it consists of five bones. See Illust. of {Artiodactyla}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Metacarpus — Metacarpus, die Mittelhand …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Metacarpus — (lat.), die Mittelhand, s. Hand …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Metacarpus — Metacarpus, Metacarpĭum (grch.), die Mittelhand, s. Hand …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • metacarpus — 1650s, Modern Latin, from Gk. metakarpion, from meta (see META (Cf. meta )) + karpos wrist (see CARPUS (Cf. carpus)). Related: Metacarpal …   Etymology dictionary

  • metacarpus — ► NOUN (pl. metacarpi) ▪ the group of five bones of the hand between the wrist and the fingers. DERIVATIVES metacarpal adjective & noun. ORIGIN Greek metakarpion …   English terms dictionary

  • metacarpus — [mə΄tab′əkär′pəs] n. pl. metacarpi [mə΄tab′ə kär′pī΄] [ModL, altered < metacarpium < Gr metakarpion < meta,META + karpion, dim. of karpos: see CARPUS] 1. the part of the hand consisting of the five bones between the wrist and the fingers …   English World dictionary

  • Metacarpus — Bone: Metacarpals The five metacarpal bones, numbered. (Left hand shown with thumb on right.) …   Wikipedia

  • Metacarpus — Hand des Menschen, Mittelhandknochen braun Die Mittelhand (lat.: Metacarpus) bezeichnet den mittleren Abschnitt der Hand zwischen Handwurzel und Fingern. Bei Tieren wird auch die Bezeichnung Vordermittelfuß verwendet. Inhaltsverzeichnis …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • metacarpus — The five bones of the hand between the carpus and the phalanges. [meta + G. karpos, wrist] * * * meta·car·pus .met ə kär pəs n the part of the human hand or the front foot in quadrupeds between the carpus and the phalanges that contains five more …   Medical dictionary

  • metacarpus —   n. hand between wrist and base of fingers.    ♦ metacarpal, a.; n. bone of the metacarpus …   Dictionary of difficult words

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