Fourth metacarpal bone

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Bone: Fourth metacarpal bone
The fourth metacarpal. (Left.)
Bones of the left hand. Dorsal surface.
Latin ossa metacarpalia IV
Gray's subject #55 228
MeSH Metacarpal+Bones

The fourth metacarpal bone (metacarpal bone of the ring finger) is shorter and smaller than the third.

The base is small and quadrilateral; its superior surface presents two facets, a large one medially for articulation with the hamate, and a small one laterally for the capitate.

On the radial side are two oval facets, for articulation with the third metacarpal; and on the ulnar side a single concave facet, for the fifth metacarpal.

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