What is the proper medical term for your thumb?
- Pollex:The medical for your thumb is the pollex (compared to hallux for your big toe). The thumb is the first, most lateral digit on the radial side of the hand, classified by most anatomists as one of the fingers because its metacarpal bone ossifies in the same manner as those of the phalanges. Other anatomists classify the thumb separately, noting that it has a much different articulation with the metacarpal bone and is composed of one metacarpal bone and only two phalanges.
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