One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small rounded carpal bone situated where the palm of the hand meets the outer edge of the wrist and articulating with the triquetral.
- ‘Passing through the cubital region, it descends to the pisiform region proximal to the palm and enters the palm.’
- ‘The nerve recombined also beyond the tendon and was subject to compression, proximal to the pisiform bone.’
- ‘The flexor carpi ulnaris inserts on the pisiform.’
- ‘The motor branch to the hypothenar muscles separates from the main ulnar nerve just distal to the pisiform at the wrist.’
- ‘The slip is sometimes joined or replaced by a muscular fasciculus arising from, or in the neighborhood of, the pisiform bone.’
Mid 18th century: from modern Latin pisiformis ‘pea-shaped’, from pisum ‘pea’ + forma ‘shape’.
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