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1. the technical name for wrist
2. the eight small bones of the human wrist that form the joint between the arm and the hand
3. the corresponding joint in other tetrapod vertebrates



part of the upper (anterior) pentadactyl extremity of vertebrates, located between the forearm and the metacarpus.

In man, the carpus consists of two rows of small bones connected by intercarpal joints. The first row is made up of the scaphoid, lunate, triquetrous, and pisiform bones, which (except the pisiform) are linked to the radius (radiocarpal joint). The second row, consisting of the larger and smaller multangular, capitate, and unciform bones, is linked to the metacarpal bones (carpometacarpal joint). The carpus increases the mobility of the hand.

In animals, the carpus is the base of the front paw and is located between the antibrachium and the metacarpus.


The wrist in humans or the corresponding part in other vertebrates.
The eight bones of the human wrist.
(invertebrate zoology)
The fifth segment from the base of a generalized crustacean appendage.
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The rationale of carpal bone mobilization (CBM) instead of the unproven effects of the nerve gliding technique is that there is limited but promising evidence regarding its efficacy.
Thus, in this randomized controlled trial, treating effects of carpal bone mobilization combined with night splinting is studied and compared with night splinting as the control group.
Presence of bone erosions were evaluated in 15 different anatomical regions (8 carpal bones, distal radius, distal ulna, 5 metacarpal heads).
1%) bone erosions over different sites in carpal bones, four (4.
Several experiments have been done to examine the performance of GVF Snake models for carpal bones image segmentation.
Carpal bones image segmentation is important for skeletal age assessment.
Mean marrow fat in yearlings was lower in the femur than tarsal, humerus, and carpal bones, higher in the femur than mandible, and higher in the humerus than carpal (Table 6).
5) Compared with other forms of MPS, Morquio syndrome tends to have greater skeletal manifestations and spine involvement such as scoliosis, kyphosis, hyperlordosis, severe gibbus, flaring of the lower ribs as well as platyspondyly, pectus carinatum metacarpals, and small carpal bones (often with some absent).
This shape and inclination adapts the adjustment of the proximal carpal bones in the normal range of motion.
Amadio PC, Taleisnik J: Fractures of the carpal bones.
The scaphoid is the most commonly fractured carpal bone.
In addition, it adds radial inclination and, most importantly, addresses distal fixation by performing an intercarpal arthrodesis and broadly securing the distal component to the carpal bones.