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Metacarpals: The metacarpals are a group of bones located in the hand, forming the palm area of the hand. There are five metacarpals in each hand, and they form a part of the appendicular skeleton. The metacarpals articulate with the carpals to form the wrist joint and the phalanges to form the knuckle joints (metacarpophalangeal joints). Each metacarpal corresponds with one of the five fingers on each hand and is named by a number, one through five. The functions of the metacarpals include creating structure for and supporting the movement of the hands, creating insertion points for muscles and ligaments, and storing some minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus.
Conditions that can afflict the metacarpals include infection, trauma, fracture, arthritis, boxer's fracture, osteomyelitis and dislocations.
The following organs are closely related to the organ: Metacarpals:
The following conditions are related to the organ: Metacarpals:
The following are other names for the organ: Metacarpals:
The following list contains sub-parts of the organ: Metacarpals:
These symptoms are related to afflictions of the organ: Metacarpals:
Condition count: 2 ; see list below.
Organ types: Bone (91)
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