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 (trī-kwē′trəm, -kwĕt′rəm)
n. pl. tri·que·tra (-kwē′trə, -kwĕt′rə)
A bone of the wrist in the proximal row of carpal bones.

[Latin, neuter of triquetrus, three-cornered; see triquetrous.]

tri·que′tral (-trəl) adj.
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1. (Anatomy) anatomy a wrist bone. Also called: triquetral bone
2. (Astronomy) an ancient astronomical instrument used to determine the altitude of heavenly bodies
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