< /ˈkɑr paɪ/. Anatomy.

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


  1. the plural of carpus

noun plural -pi (-paɪ)

  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

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

n. pl. car•pi (-pī′)

  1. 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.wrist
  2. The carpal bones considered as a group.

Plural carpi (kär′pī′)

  1. The group of eight bones lying between the forearm and the metacarpals and forming the wrist in humans.
  2. The group of bones making up the joint corresponding to the wrist in some vertebrates, such as dinosaurs.

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