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Relating to the rounded fleshy part of the hand at the base of the thumb (the ball of the thumb):‘the muscles of the thenar eminence’
- ‘The nerve also supplies a branch to the muscles of the thumb, the thenar muscles.’
- ‘Shaking the patient's hand at the end of the consultation, the doctor noticed a raised lesion on the thenar eminence of his right hand.’
- ‘Although it is uncommon, swelling in the thenar or midpalmar spaces of the hand suggests an infectious etiology.’
- ‘Wasting of the thenar muscle occurs in under 10% of cases.’
- ‘Decreased grip strength may result in loss of dexterity, and thenar muscle atrophy may develop if the syndrome is severe.’
Mid 17th century: from Greek, literally palm of the hand, sole of the foot.
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