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articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. In
human anatomy, the metacarpus is the intermediate part of the hand
skeleton that is located between the phalanges (bones of the
fingers) distally and the carpus which forms the connection to the
forearm. The metacarpus consists of metacarpal bones. Its
equivalent in the foot is the metatarsus. The metacarpals form a
transverse arch to which the rigid row of distal carpal bones are
fixed. The peripheral metacarpals (those of the thumb and little
finger) form the sides of the cup of the palmar gutter and as they
are brought together they deepen this concavity. The index
metacarpal is the most firmly fixed, while the thumb metacarpal
articulates with the trapezium and acts independently from the
others. The middle metacarpals are tightly united to the carpus by
intrinsic interlocking bone elements at their bases. The ring
metacarpal forms a transitional element of the semi-independent
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