Last revised by Yoshi Yu ◉
on 18 Feb 2023
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Luijkx T, Yu Y, Jones J, et al. Carpal bones. Reference article, Radiopaedia.org (Accessed on 26 Sep 2023) https://doi.org/10.53347/rID-33702
The carpal bones, also known as the carpus (plural: carpi), are the eight bones of the wrist that form the articulation of the forearm with the hand. They are usually divided into two rows:
The names and order of these bones can be remembered through various mnemonics.
Somewhat confusingly, the term carpus can also be used as a synonym for the wrist joint as a whole.
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