• WordNet 3.6
    • n metacarpus the part of the hand between the carpus and phalanges
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Metacarpus (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n metacarpus 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. In man the metacarpus corresponds to the part of the hand between the wrist and the fingers or thumb, and has five metacarpal bones. In the horse it is the part of the fore leg between the so-called knee and the fetlock-joint, and has but one functional bone.
    • n metacarpus Same as actinost.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. ; beyond, between + the wrist


In literature:

The latter it flexes in turn on the metacarpus.
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
Common examples are in fractures of the metacarpus and metatarsus of the first phalanx.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
Relating to the metacarpus.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
The extremity of the metacarpus was applied to the ground.
"Dragons of the Air" by H. G. Seeley
It is, with relation to other regions, short in proportion as the metacarpus is elongated, and as the number of digits is lessened.
"Artistic Anatomy of Animals" by Édouard Cuyer
The ball had pierced my hand by the metacarpus under the index finger, and had broken the first phalanges.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. V (of VI), "In London and Moscow" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The sagittal crest is less marked; the fifth digit is reduced to a tiny nodule representing the metacarpus.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard