Etymology
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metacarpus (n.)

"the middle bones of the hand," 1650s, Modern Latin, from Greek metakarpion, from meta "between; next after" (see meta-) + karpos "wrist" (see carpus). In humans, the part of the hand between the wrist and the fingers or thumb (corresponding to the metatarsus of the foot). Related: Metacarpal.

updated on December 31, 2018

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Definitions of metacarpus from WordNet

metacarpus (n.)
the part of the hand between the carpus and phalanges;
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