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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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What have we really gained out of this ham-fisted war on humanity?
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.
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.
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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.
Tony Hawks, defending, said: "It was a desperate, ham-fisted robbery.
A less ham-fisted attempt by the Catholic bishops to intervene in the Michigan gubernatorial race also fell flat.