Short bones

Definition

Short bones in the human body are often cubelike -- the length, width, and height measurements are all about the same.

Short bones include the carpal bones (hands, wrist) and tarsal bones (feet, ankles)

Review date:
July 16, 2014
Reviewed by:
A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz. Previously reviewedb by David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine (8/15/2011).
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