noun (plural same)chiefly Zoology
The terminal segment of a forelimb, corresponding to the hand and wrist in humans.
- Caudipteryx has short forelimbs and a feathered manus and is likely to have been a secondarily flightless bird.
- In lepidosaurs, crocodilians, and birds the medial border or epicondyle of the humerus is the origin for the major flexors of the manus and carpus.
- The enlarged medial ‘epicondyle’ of Apatosaurus may be tied with the flexors of its robust manus and pollex claw.
Early 19th century: from Latin, 'hand'.
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