The village square (which, like all village squares I had ever seen, was not square at all, but roughly oblong) formed the carpals and metacarpals of the hand, while the several lanes of cottages made up the phalangeal joints of the fingers.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
On the basis of height and weight he’d assumed she was around twenty-four months, he said, but the development of cartilage in the carpals and metacarpals indicated that she was closer to three.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Bean Trees
I never attended because a fistfight broke out between hecklers and hillbillies and I was busy in the X-ray room taking shots of broken knuckles and metacarpals.
Jack Gantos -- Hole in My Life
In a bird’s wing the metacarpals are all sort of fused together so it looks like just one digit.
Kenneth Oppel -- Airborn
He might also need to collapse one of his metacarpals to squeeze his hand through the shackle.
Ted Dekker -- BoneMan’s Daughters
The key to this aesthetically pleasing result was that the metacarpal head—the knuckle of the missing finger—had been cut away, too, so that no stump was visible in the V between thumb and middle finger.
Abraham Verghese -- Cutting for Stone
There was nothing I could do about the cracked metacarpal bones or the puncture wound except apply an antiseptic wash and a poultice and pray against a tetanus infection.