This article is about Carpal bones. In Greek mythology, Carpus (Greek: Karpos, "fruit" also used as "wrist" in modern Greek) was a son of Chloris and Zephyrus.
In tetrapods, the carpus is the cluster of bones in the wrist between the radius and ulna and the metacarpus. The bones of the carpus do not belong to individual fingers, whereas those of the metacarpus do. (The corresponding part of the foot is the tarsus.) Carpal bones are not considered part of the hand but are part of the wrist. The carpal bones allow the wrist to move side to side, back and forth etc..
There exist several Mnemonics to remember these bones:
Some Lovers Try Positions That They Can't Handle.
Sally left the party / to take Cathy home.
Students Like The Professor / To Teach Complex Hypotheses
Stop Letting Those People / Touch The Cadaver's Hands
Sneh Lata Tinde Paka / Tere Tinde Catchey Hain (A Hindi version which is quite funny and hence popular among students in India, which can be roughly translated as an exhortation to a woman called Sneh Lata, asking her to properly cook a vegetable.)
Slow Lane To Preston / Tom Thumb Can Hum
SeLoTaPe/aTTaCH(you remove all the vowels for this one to get the eight (8) consonants)
Scared Lovers Try Positions That They Cannot Handle.
She Likes To Play / Try To Catch Her
Senior Lecturers Take Prostitutes To The Calthorpe Hotel
Soldiers Like To Philander ‘Til They Come Home
Say Later To Pinky, Here Comes The Thumb
So Long To Pinky, Here Comes The Thumb
She Looks Too Pretty : Try To Catch Her
Common characteristics of the carpal bones
Each bone (excepting the pisiform) presents six (6) surfaces.
Of these the palmar or anterior and the dorsal or posterior surfaces are rough, for ligamentous attachment; the dorsal surfaces being the broader, except in the lunate.
The superior or proximal, and inferior or distal surfaces are articular, the superior generally convex, the inferior concave; the medial and lateral surfaces are also articular where they are in contact with contiguous bones, otherwise they are rough and tuberculated.
The structure in all is similar: cancellous tissue enclosed in a layer of compact bone.