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the distal phalanx of each of the digits; so called because of the flattened tuberosity at its termination that supports the nail.
See distal phalanx.
phalanx(fal'anks) plural.phalanges [Gr., closely knit row]
1. Any one of the bones of the fingers or toes. See: skeleton
2. One of a set of plates formed of phalangeal cells (inner and outer) forming the reticular membrane of the organ of Corti.
The phalanx most remote from the metacarpus or metatarsus. Synonym: terminal phalanx; ungual phalanx
Any phalanx that articulates with a metacarpal bone.See: proximal phalanx
Any phalanx that articulates with a metatarsal bone.See: proximal phalanx
When there are three phalanges, the phalanx intermediate between distal and proximal phalanges.
Any phalanx that articulates with a metacarpal or metatarsal bone.