Carpal bone


Carpal bone
One of the wrist bones. There are eight carpal bones that are arranged in two rows. The carpal bones articulate (come together to form a joint) proximally (on their near ends) with the long bones of the forearm — the radius and, indirectly, with the ulna — and distally (on their far ends) with the five metacarpal bones that make up the palm. The bones of the proximal (near) row of carpals are called the radial, intermediate, ulnar, and accessory bones, while those of the distal (far) row are termed the first, second, third, and fourth carpal bones.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • carpal bone — noun any of the eight small bones of the wrist of primates • Syn: ↑carpal, ↑wrist bone • Hypernyms: ↑bone, ↑os • Hyponyms: ↑scaphoid bone, ↑os scaphoideum, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • carpal bone — ▪ anatomy  any of several small angular bones that in humans make up the wrist (carpus), and in horses, cows, and other quadrupeds the “knee” of the foreleg. They correspond to the tarsal bones of the rear or lower limb. Their number varies.… …   Universalium

  • carpal bone — noun Any of the eight bones of the carpus …   Wiktionary

  • carpal bone central — os centrale …   Medical dictionary

  • carpal bone first — os trapezium …   Medical dictionary

  • carpal bone fourth — os hamatum …   Medical dictionary

  • carpal bone great — os capitatum …   Medical dictionary

  • carpal bone intermediate — os lunatum …   Medical dictionary

  • carpal bone radial — os scaphoideum …   Medical dictionary

  • carpal bone second — os trapezoideum …   Medical dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.