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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.]
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rare hook-shaped
[C18: from Latin hāmātus, from hāmus hook]
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(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]
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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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Thomas and Birch (13) reported that compression in ulnardeviation with palmar flexion causes a coronal hamate body fracture, when the hamate abuts against the triquetral and a force directed through the metacarpals splits the hamate coronally.
Now, though, Brown is sliding down some draft boards because he had surgery earlier this month to remove the hamate bone from his right hand.
Delayed union of fractures of the trapezoid and body of the hamate. Orthop Rev.
Brooks had X-rays and a CT scan on Monday after the team returned to Eugene, and that confirmed a fracture of the hamate bone.
Caratini seems to be recovering quickly from surgery to remove the hamate bone from his left hand.
GCT of carpal bones affected in 31% the hamate, in 24% the capitate, in 14% the scaphoid, in 10% the lunate, in 7% the triquetrum, in 7% the trapezium, in 7% the trapezoid, and multifocal appearance was found in 14% of all cases [4].
It then crosses the hook of the hamate bone and turns laterally deep to the palmer aponeurosis to join one or other of the branches of the radial artery which may form a significant protein of an incomplete arch.
Acting manager Brad Mills said that, as far as he knows, there is no damage to the hamate bone in Ortiz's left hand.
Fractures of the pisiform can be seen on a 30[degrees] supinated oblique radiograph, and fractures of the hook of the hamate can be observed on the carpal tunnel view.
BOSTON - Dustin Pedroia said his left hand feels fine after having surgery in November to remove the hamate bone, which had caused him so much pain late in the year and through the postseason.
The ulnalunate and ulnatriquetral ligament components of the TFCC insert on the lunate, triquetrum, and hamate bones as well as on the base of the fifth metacarpal.
Pedroia doesn't know when or how he did it, but doctors diagnosed a cracked hamate bone in his left hand in early September.