wrist joint

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wrist joint

[TA]
the synovial joint between the distal end of the radius and its articular disc and the proximal row of carpal bones with the exception of the pisiform bone.

wrist joint

wrist joint

(rist joynt) [TA]
The synovial articulation between the distal end of the radius and its articular disc and the proximal row of carpal bones with the exception of the pisiform bone.
Synonym(s): carpal joints (2) , radiocarpal joint.
Bones of the right wrist from the front.
Right wrist and radioulnar joints, from the front.

wrist joint

links the forearm bones to the proximal row of the carpal bones, allowing movement of the hand forward (palmar flexion), backward (dorsiflexion) and side-to-side (and combinations of these) by the action of muscles that have their origins in the forearm and around the elbow, and tendons that span the wrist to be inserted beyond it. wrist injury is most common in sports where a strong grip is required, especially with twisting, such as gymnastics, golf and tennis, or in throwing sports (causing soft tissue injuries), contact sports or where falls are likely such as boxing or horse riding (causing fractures). See also scaphoid bone.
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