Definition of carpal in English:



  • Relating to the bones forming the human carpus (wrist), or to their equivalent in an animal's forelimb.

    See carpus
    • ‘Therefore, one or more unpreserved carpals were probably present, as has been previously suggested.’
    • ‘The transverse carpal (Karpos is a wrist in Greek) ligament keeps the tendons of the long bending muscles of the fingers and the median nerve from breaking free from the wrist bones.’
    • ‘You have a slight fracture in your lower left arm as well as sprained meta carpals and carpals.’


  • Any of the carpal bones.

    • ‘An alternative approach is to place the injection proximal to the carpal tunnel, rather than directly in it.’
    • ‘Fluid was found in the carpal tunnel when it was decompressed.’
    • ‘Using a magnetic-resonance scanner, the team found that the median nerve in the wrist's carpal tunnel was in danger of being trapped when repetitive hand movements are made in a confined posture.’
    • ‘There are 8 bones in your wrist called carpal bones.’
    • ‘Consecutive patients referred to an electrodiagnostic laboratory for evaluation of carpal tunnel symptoms were enrolled in the study.’
    • ‘A single injection of corticosteroids into or near the carpal tunnel may improve mild symptoms.’
    • ‘The operation (carpal tunnel release) involves cutting the carpal ligament to make more space for the nerves and tendons in the carpal tunnel.’
    • ‘Chiropractors treat ‘Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ‘with the adjustment of the wrist to align the carpal bones back into their proper place.’’
    • ‘A Miami physician, Marco Vitiello, has come up with a device he said will be able to prove whether people are telling the truth about neck, back and carpal tunnel injuries.’
    • ‘Common surgical procedures during which a patient may be allowed to wear select personal clothing items are cataract extractions and carpal tunnel releases.’
    • ‘When the tendons passing though a narrow channel in the wrist - the carpal tunnel - are overused, they swell and press on the nerve that controls feeling in the hand.’
    • ‘There are eight carpal bones in the wrist, five metacarpals, and 14 nonsesamoid bones that comprise the phalanges.’
    • ‘Other studies have shown that hepatitis seems to occur along with rheumatoid arthritis and its symptoms, such as carpal tunnel and inflammation of tendons in the hand.’
    • ‘Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when tissues and ligaments in the carpal tunnel of the wrist become thickened, swollen or inflamed and put excessive pressure on the median nerve, which passes through the tunnel.’
    • ‘The most common, and also the most problematic, fracture in the wrist of athletes is that of the carpal scaphoid.’
    • ‘The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in your wrist that protects the nerves and tendons that extend into your hand.’
    • ‘The median nerve begins in the neck and runs underneath the collarbone, across the armpit and down the full length of the arm before it passes through a narrow passageway in the wrist called the carpal tunnel.’
    • ‘Bounded by bones and ligaments, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway - about as big around as your thumb - located on the palm side of your wrist.’
    • ‘The carpal tunnel consists of some tissues (the transverse carpal ligament and 9 flexor tendons) that surround the median nerve as it passes through the wrist and palm area.’
    • ‘The median nerve can become pinched at the carpal tunnel, which is a small canal, or space, near the base of the palm of your hand.’


Mid 18th century: from carpus + -al.