Anatomical snuff box

Last revised by Yuranga Weerakkody on 10 Nov 2022

The anatomical snuff box (or sometimes known as tabatiere or fovea radialis of wrist) is a surface anatomy feature. It appears as a triangular depression on the lateral surface of the wrist on full extension of the thumb.

Gross anatomy


History and etymology

In the days when snuff use was popular, the user would place a small amount of snuff from the container into the "anatomical" snuff box (as opposed to the physical snuff box which he carried around in his pocket, hence "anatomical" ), close one nostril with an index finger and sniff the snuff up the open nostril. It was common practice to offer snuff to those in your company.

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