The capitate is a carpal bone located in the middle of the wrist. It is almost dead in the center of the bottom of the wrist and it is one of the larger carpal bones. It fits with the third metacarpal and a small angle helps to fit with the fourth metacarpal. It is convex to work with the scaphoid and lunate which have concave surfaces. The carpal bone helps hold the wrist together. The capitate attaches to many other carpel bones and touches many of the metacarpal bones which make up the fingers. The carpal bones are all together in a mass at the wrist and this bone touches many of the wrist bones as well. The capitate bone is important because it holds together most of the wrist bones and touches many of the hand and finger bones. The bones of the wrist are called carpels and the bones of the hand are called metacarpels.
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