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Carpal bones

Assoc Prof Craig Hacking and Dr Tim Luijkx et al.

The carpal bones are the eight bones of the wrist that form the articulation of the forearm with the hand. They can be divided in two rows:

The names and order of these bones can be remember through various mnemonics.

Anatomy: Upper limb

Anatomy: Upper limb

Article information

rID: 33702
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • carpus
  • carpals
  • carpalia
  • ossa carpalia
  • ossa carpi
  • carpal bone

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1
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  • Figure 2: normal alignment of carpal bones
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  • Figure 3: carpal bones
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  • Figure 4: carpal bones
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  • Case 1: normal image of carpal bones and hand
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  • Figure 5: annotated x-ray
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  • Figure 6a: scaphoid (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 6b: lunate (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 6c: triquetrum (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 6d: pisiform (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 6e: trapezium (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 6f: trapezoid (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 6g: capitate (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 6h: hamate (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 7: ossification centers (Gray's illustrations)
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  • Figure 7a: muscle attachments (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 7b: muscle attachments (Gray's illustration)
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