Definition of unciform in US English:



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    another term for uncinate
    • ‘The slits 302 of the catches 300 thereupon engage with the unciform tabs 146 of the resilient plate 114.’
    1. 1.1dated Denoting the hamate bone of the wrist.
      • ‘Articulations are between five bones: the radius above, os magnum and unciform bone below, scaphoid and cuneiform on either side.’
      • ‘The inferior posterior unciform facet is widely separated from the anterior one.’
      • ‘It's part of an aborted attempt by Teleoceras to form a posterior articulation between the magnum and unciform bone, in order to stabilize the wrist (and attempt to fuse the two bones).’