One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the palm of the hand or the sole of the foot.
- ‘Cysts are self evident, being soft and ballotable, and occur along the dorsal and volar aspects of the wrist.’
- ‘At the wrist, the radial artery gives off a volar carpal branch that joins the ulnar artery.’
- ‘The flexor sheath is a membranous structure, which surrounds the flexor tendons from the metacarpal neck to the volar plate of the distal interphalangeal joint and is attached longitudinally to the underlying bony structures.’
- ‘In the 19 cases with a second tendon, the aberrant tendon inserted into the tendon of abductor pollicis brevis in 12 cases, inserted onto the trapezium in six, and joined the volar carpal ligament in one.’
- ‘Amputation injuries are also classified as dorsal, transverse or volar, according to the plane of the amputation.’
Early 19th century: from Latin vola ‘hollow of the hand or foot’ + -ar.
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