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the part of the upper extremity between the hand and the forearm; wrist.
the wrist bones collectively; the group of bones between the bones of the hand and the radius.
Historical Examples

In Manatus most of the bones of the carpus are distinct, but in Halicore many, especially those of the distal row, have coalesced.
The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds

Between the two rows there is a centrale as in the carpus, or there may be two.
The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds

The foot is short, and the bones of the carpus are serially arranged.
The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia Frank Evers Beddard

The carpus consists of six small bones arranged in two rows.
The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds

It articulates at its proximal end with the humerus, and at its distal end with the radiale or scaphoid bone of the carpus.
The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds

The carpus often has two centralia and the intermedium is absent.
The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds

The reduction of the toes in fact implies a reduction of the separate elements of the carpus.
The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia Frank Evers Beddard

This, like the carpus, is much reduced and modified from the primitive condition.
The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds

The largest Cretaceous examples are about two inches wide where they join the carpus.
Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley

In Echidna the carpus is broad, the scaphoid and lunar are united and there is no centrale.
The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds

noun (pl) -pi (-paɪ)
the technical name for wrist
the eight small bones of the human wrist that form the joint between the arm and the hand
the corresponding joint in other tetrapod vertebrates

1670s, from Modern Latin carpus, from Greek karpos “wrist,” from PIE *kwerp- “to turn, revolve” (see wharf).

carpus car·pus (kär’pəs)
n. pl. car·pi (-pī’)

The group of eight carpal bones and associated soft parts forming the joint between the forearm and the hand, articulating with the radius and indirectly with the ulna, and with the five metacarpal bones. Also called wrist.

The carpal bones considered as a group.

Plural carpi (kär’pī’)

The group of eight bones lying between the forearm and the metacarpals and forming the wrist in humans.

The group of bones making up the joint corresponding to the wrist in some vertebrates, such as dinosaurs.


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