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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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On the lateral view, the alignment of the carpus determines whether the positioning is accurate.
29) The Sauve-Kapandji preserves the soft tissues and prevents ulnar translocation of the carpus.
Basis shorter than carpus and propodus combined, l/w ratio 4.
Basis longer than carpus and propodus combined, with 1 dorsoproximal simple seta.
Manipulating the carpus for cosmetic reasons is not helpful and can contribute to unsoundness," he concluded.
One dog had a dislocated carpus and the strength of the muscle spasm had literally torn the bone apart which was a pretty dramatic injury.
Initial examination of the patient by the ER staff demonstrated generalized tenderness to palpation along the dorsum of the distal carpus as well as swelling.
Instead, they recommend that these lesions should be viewed as ulnar impaction and treated with ulnar shortening to decrease the load across the ulnar carpus and the TFCC.
A further criticism of distal ulna resection is that it may contribute to ulnar translocation of the carpus by removing the bony support ulnarly.