Definition of hamate in English:

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hamate

Pronunciation: /ˈheɪmət/
(also hamate bone)

noun

Anatomy
A carpal bone situated on the lower outside edge of the hand. It has a hook-shaped projection on the palmar side to which muscles of the little finger are attached.
Example sentences
  • Calori found a small muscle passing from the hamate to the pisiform bone.
  • The distal row of carpals includes the hamate, capitate, trapezium, and trapezoid, which are closely approximated to the metacarpals.
  • It lies to the radial side of the pisiform bone and the ulnar side of the hook of the hamate (the bones forming a protective canal for the artery), which is covered by the palmer carpal ligament.

Origin

Early 18th century: from Latin hamatus 'hooked', from hamus 'hook'.

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