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finger-nose test[fing´ger nōz]
a test for coordinated movements of the extremities; the patient is directed to close the eyes, and, with arm extended to one side, slowly try to touch the end of the nose with the tip of the index finger.
a test of upper limb coordination and position sense; the subject is asked to slowly touch the tip of his or her nose with an extended index finger; assesses cerebellar function.
Etymology: AS, finger + nosu + L, testum, crucible
a test of the coordination of the arms. The patient is asked to draw the tip of the index finger quickly to the nose, then to touch the examiner's finger, and then to go back and forth quickly. An inability to perform the test accurately may be an indication of cerebellar disease.
fin·ger-nose test(fing'gĕr-nōz test)
A test of voluntary eye-motor coordination of the upper limb(s); the subject is asked to slowly touch the tip of the nose with the extended index finger; assesses cerebellar function.