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A small, hook-shaped carpal bone of the wrist. Also called unciform.
Hooked at the tip.
[Latin hāmātus, hook-shaped, barbed, from hāmus, hook.]
[C18: from Latin hāmātus, from hāmus hook]
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]