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Thomas Hale, U.S. physician, 1905-1987. See: Ham test.


1. Synonym(s): popliteal fossa
2. The buttock and back part of the thigh.


HTLV-I-associated myelopathy. See Tropical spastic paraparesis.


[AS. haum, haunch]
1. The popliteal space or region behind the knee.
2. A common name for the thigh, hip, and buttock.

ham, hams

the musculature of the upper thigh; common usage implies the cured upper thigh of a full-grown pig.

ham beetle
the 0.5 inch long larvae of the beetle which infest hams. Called also Dermestes lardarius.
ham curing
ham fly
the larvae or skippers, because of their habit of leaping long distances, of the fly Piophila casei which invade cured ham.
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Writer-director James Toback's umpteenth ham-fisted exploration of the straight mating ritual is a poor man's indecent Proposal, with Neve Campbell playing the pickup artist and having a gauzy tryst with another woman.
We'll have plenty of time to do so while we clean up the public relations mess created by the recent ham-fisted laptop implementations.
Paradoxically, the more he moves toward flatness and pattern, the more alive Bas's paintings look, and the more his deliberately ham-fisted touches--like the stenciled vase that flies through the air in Telekinesis, spilling a bouquet of earnestly daubed pink-and-green flowers--achieve a sly hilarity.
A ham-fisted thief who caused over pounds 2,800 of damage when he tried to break into a house three times, is being hunted by police.
We do not want any ham-fisted attempts to equate 'independent school' with 'socially and economically privileged'.
Fantastic, great to know that ham-fisted plot devices were as popular then as they are now
The ham-fisted way the White Hart Lane board got rid of Martin Jol (right) just added insult to injury after their sneaky trip to Spain to line up Juande Ramos earlier in the season.
Not surprisingly, the ham-fisted way the Government have gone about things - you get the impression they are waiting until the very last minute to announce their decision before heading off on their summer break - has left some at Goodison Park exasperated.
Uneasy tempo changes made each of the five songs aired disjointed, while ham-fisted drums and ropey sound rendered any subtleties obsolete.
What have we really gained out of this ham-fisted war on humanity?
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Government proposals to tighten the rules surrounding postal voting represent a vast improvement on the existing system, which is so wide open to fraud as to be a gift to even the most ham-fisted criminal.