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thumb

 [thum]
the radial or first digit of the hand; it has only two phalanges and is apposable to the four fingers of the hand.
tennis thumb tendinitis of the tendon of the long flexor muscle of the thumb, with calcification.

thumb

(thŭmb), [TA]
The first digit on the radial side of the hand.
Synonym(s): pollex [TA], digitus (manus) primus [I] [I]* ☆ , first finger
[A.S. thuma]

thumb

(thŭm)
n.
a. The short thick digit of the human hand, next to the index finger and opposable to each of the other four digits.
b. A corresponding digit in other animals, especially primates. Also called pollex.
v. thumbed, thumbing, thumbs
Anatomy Pollex The first digit of the hand, which has 2 phalanges; it is required for a prehensile grip
Anthropology See Rule of thumb
Drug slang A regional term for marijuana

thumb

See Bowler's thumb, Gamekeeper's thumb, Harp player's thumb, Hitch-hiker's thumb, Skier's thumb, Trigger thumb.

thumb

(thŭm) [TA]
The first digit on the radial side of the hand.
Synonym(s): pollex [TA] .
[A.S. thuma]

Patient discussion about thumb

Q. What does thumb or finger sucking mean in ADULTS? People watch the unusual behavior of a person and decide their disorder. I strongly agree, but here is a critical question for you all. What does thumb or finger sucking mean in ADULTS?

A. It’s not a show to enjoy and laugh! It means that whomever you are talking about needs to see a psychologist. I am not joking. Things we are supposed to out-grow but don't, i.e. thumb sucking, imaginary friends or bed wetting, can represent serious problems or mental blocks.
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Natural selection does not explain why I have an opposable thumb (rather than lack one).
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Humans already have a tendency to anthropomorphize their pets, and here, tapping into the wish we all share to know what's going on in our animals' heads, screenwriters Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (who have co-authored all of Illumination's features except "Minions"), along with Brian Lynch (who wrote "Minions"), take that impulse to the extreme, imbuing these critters with the ability to speak--along with a host of other behaviors that would normally require opposable thumbs and a fair understanding of modern electronics.
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