from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to the metacarpus.
  • n. Any of the bones of the metacarpus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of the metacarpus.
  • n. Any of the bones of the metacarpus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the metacarpus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the metacarpus or a metacarpal
  • n. One of the bones of the metacarpus.
  • n. One of the six primary feathers of a bird's wing which are attached to the metacarpal bones.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any bone of the hand between the wrist and fingers
  • adj. of or relating to the metacarpus


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