- The proximal segment (the near part) of the hand consisting of the carpal bones and the associated soft parts. The eight carpal bones are arranged in two rows and articulate (come together to form a joint) proximally (on their near ends) with the long bones of the forearm — the radius and, indirectly, with the ulna — and distally (on their far ends) with the five metacarpal bones that make up the palm's infrastructure.
* * *The proximal segment of the hand consisting of the carpal bones and the associated soft parts. SYN: carpus (1) [TA]. [A.S. w. joint, ankle joint]- w.-drop paralysis of the extensors of the w. and fingers; most often caused by lesion of the radial nerve. SYN: carpoptosis, carpoptosia, drop hand.* * *Washington Radiation for In-stent Restenosis Trial
* * *wrist 'rist n the joint or the region of the joint between the human hand and the arm or a corresponding part on a lower animal
* * *n.1. the joint between the forearm and hand. It consists of the proximal bones of the carpus, which articulate with the radius and ulna.2. the whole region of the wrist joint, including the carpus and lower parts of the radius and ulna.
* * *(rist) 1. carpus, defs. 1 and 3. 2. articulatio radiocarpalis.
Medical dictionary. 2011.