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carpal tunnel

 

Definition: the passageway deep to the transverse carpal ligament between tubercles of the scaphoid and trapezoid bones on the radial side and the pisiform and hook of the hamate on the ulnar side, through which the median nerve and the flexor tendons of the fingers and thumb pass; compression of the median nerve may occur here (carpal tunnel syndrome).

Synonym(s): canalis carpiTA, carpal canal1

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