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 (hā′māt′) Anatomy
A small, hook-shaped carpal bone of the wrist. Also called unciform.
Hooked at the tip.

[Latin hāmātus, hook-shaped, barbed, from hāmus, hook.]


rare hook-shaped
[C18: from Latin hāmātus, from hāmus hook]


(ˈheɪ meɪt)
a bone of the carpus having a hooklike process projecting from the palmar surface.
Also called ham′ate bone`.
[1735–45; < Latin hāmātus hooked =hām(us) hook + -ātus -ate1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hamate - the wrist bone in line with the 4th and 5th fingershamate - the wrist bone in line with the 4th and 5th fingers
carpal, carpal bone, wrist bone - any of the eight small bones of the wrist of primates
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Subsequently he underwent investigation, which revealed that there is a tiny broken piece of bone off the hook of hamate.
Carpal tunnel is a covered canal comprised of scaphoid bone tubercle and trapezium edge at lateral, hamate bone hamulus and pisiform bone at medial.
9) Typical areas include the scaphoid, the tubercle of trapezium (radial-sided pain), the hook of the hamate (ulnar/volarsided pain) and the distal radius.
In 2010, Pedroia suffered a broken foot and after the 2007 season, when he was Rookie of the Year, Pedroia had a broken left hamate bone surgically repaired.
Flexor carpi ulnaris tendonitis, extensor carpi ulnaris dislocation, and hook of the hamate fractures all occur through this mechanism.
Antonelli had only played one game in 2010 and just 59 in 2009 -- all while battling a broken hamate bone in his wrist.
However, fans can look forward to the return of third baseman Pablo Sandoval, recovering from a hamate bone injury.
Oregon State catcher Andrew Susac, who returned last week from a broken hamate bone in his left hand, could also be selected in the first round.
demonstrated successful treatment of nonunion of the hook of the hamate with LIPUS (Fujioka et al.
The long axis (transverse diameter) and the short axis (anteroposterior diameter) of the median nerve, were evaluated on axial (transverse) plan evaluated on milimetric measurement of proximal (distal radioulnar joint level, RU), medium (pisiform bone level, P) and distal (level of the hamate hook, H) parts of the carpal tunnel and the flattening ratio was established for each plane (by dividing long axis with short axis).
The proximal row of carpals includes the scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum and the pisiform; with the distal row containing the trapezium, trapezoid, capitate and hamate.