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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The part of the human hand that includes the five bones between the fingers and the wrist.
  • noun The corresponding part of the forefoot of a quadruped.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In anatomy, the second segment of the manus or terminal division of the fore limb of a vertebrate, considered with reference to its bony structure; the segment which comes between the carpus and the phalanges, corresponding to the metatarsus of the foot.
  • noun Same as actinost.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy The five bones that form intermediate part of the hand between the fingers and the wrist.

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

  • noun the part of the hand between the carpus and phalanges

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