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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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
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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
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

thumb

See Bowler's thumb, Gamekeeper's thumb, Harp player's thumb, Hitch-hiker's thumb, Skier's thumb, Trigger thumb.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

thumb

(thŭm) [TA]
The first digit on the radial side of the hand.
Synonym(s): pollex [TA] .
[A.S. thuma]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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However, as Enzo constantly reminds us, he has neither facile tongue to speak his story nor opposable thumbs with which to write it down; so how exactly is the story being told to us?
But luckily for humans, bears don't have opposable thumbs, and are defeated by clips, locks and anything else that takes a thumb to open.
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Cheeta is handy with a paintbrush because, like humans, chimpanzees and other apes have opposable thumbs, says Anne Pusey, a primatologist at the University of Minnesota.
We are members of an elite class of animals who have opposable thumbs. Cell phone use is an excellent way to exercise our gift.
Scientists believe our opposable thumbs enabled us to build tools and weapons, thus separating us from lesser animals.
The mathematics of problem solving, along with opposable thumbs, is what throughout history separated us from our simian ancestors.
We are mobile consciousness, gifted with incredible powers: powerful vision to see what needs to be done; opposable thumbs so we can do the work with a variety of powerful tools; and voices so we can bring our actions in resonance with one another and then pray and sing as we work together.
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Like humans, lemurs have opposable thumbs. Like cats, they are curious and can be stealthy.
We are accustomed to think of our opposable thumbs as the mechanical counterpart to having larger brains, yet we might just as well focus on the shoulder's rotator cuff.