• WordNet 3.6
    • n carpus a joint between the distal end of the radius and the proximal row of carpal bones
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Carpus kär"pŭs (Anat) The wrist; the bones or cartilages between the forearm, or antibrachium, and the hand or forefoot; in man, consisting of eight short bones disposed in two rows.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carpus The wrist, wrist-joint, or carpal articulation; the proximal segment of the manus or hand, corresponding to the tarsus of the foot; the joint by which the hand or distal division of the fore limb is connected with the forearm. Thus, in a horse, the so-called “knee” is the carpus.
    • n carpus Especially the carpal bones or carpalia, collectively considered; a number of small irregularly nodular bones intervening between the bones of the antebrachium and those of the metacarpus, and constituting the proximal division of the skeleton of the manus or hand. In man the carpus consists of 8 bones in 2 rows of 4 each, viz.: in the proximal row from the radial to the ulnar side, the scaphoid, semi-lunar, cuneiform, and pisiform; in the distal row, the trapezium, trapezoid, magnum, and unciform. In other vertebrates the number of bones varies much; in birds the free carpals are normally reduced to two. See hand.
    • n carpus In Crustacea, the fifth joint of the normally 7-jointed leg, between the meros and the propodos.
    • n carpus In entomology, a name sometimes applied to the pterostigma or colored spot on the anterior edge of the wings in many insects.
    • n carpus In entomology: The club of the stigmal vein in the fore wing of an insect of the family Chalcididæ.
    • n carpus In ichth, same as actinost.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. karpo`s wrist


In literature:

In working as a charwoman she leaned on the back of the flexed carpus.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
The four bones of the second row of the carpus bear the four long bones which support the palm of the hand.
"On the Relations of Man to the Lower Animals" by Thomas H. Huxley
The four bones of the second row of the carpus bear the four long bones which support the palm of the hand.
"Lectures and Essays" by T.H. Huxley
The leg is supported in such a manner that flexion of the carpus is impossible.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
Osteomyelitis is rare in the bones of the carpus and tarsus, and the associated joints are usually infected from the outset.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
A tarsus (tarsalia) equals the carpus.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
In both varieties reduction is readily effected by making traction on the hand and pushing the carpus into position.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
The RADIUS articulates with the bones of the carpus and forms the wrist-joint.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
The upper row of the carpus consists of the united scaphoid, lunar and cuneiform bones.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Carpus with two separate bones.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
The scaphoid and lunar bones of the carpus are united.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
The largest Cretaceous examples are about two inches wide where they join the carpus.
"Dragons of the Air" by H. G. Seeley
The carpus in birds is formed by two bones only, with which the skeleton of the forearm articulates.
"Artistic Anatomy of Animals" by Édouard Cuyer
The three bones of the first row of the carpus (scaphoid, lunar and cuneiform) are subequal in size.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
CARPUS, Pastoral Epistles, 11, 411.
"Expositor's Bible: Index" by S. G. Ayres
It also occurs in such high types as the majority of Monkeys; it is to be found in the Human foetal carpus.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
The four bones of the second row of the carpus bear the four long bones which support the palm of the hand.
"Man's Place in Nature and Other Essays" by Thomas Henry Huxley
The carpus has a distinct os centrale.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various