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carpal (adj.)

"of or pertaining to the wrist," 1743, from Modern Latin carpalis, from carpus "wrist" (see carpus). Carpal tunnel syndrome attested by 1970, from carpal tunnel (1896), the tunnel-like passage that carries nerves through the wrist.

updated on October 12, 2017

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Definitions of carpal from WordNet
1
carpal (n.)
any of the eight small bones of the wrist of primates;
Synonyms: carpal bone / wrist bone
2
carpal (adj.)
of or relating to the wrist;
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