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thenar (THEE-nahr) noun

The fleshy mass on the palm of the hand at the base of the thumb.

adjective

Of or relating to the thenar.

[Greek, palm of the hand.]

"To be more specific, `The little fingers are only required to make a small number of easy flexion movements, and the thumbs are always resting above thenar support in a reference thumb surface,' explained Mr. (Benjamin) Rossen." Bournellis, Cynthia, Can new keyboard stop the aches? Electronic News, 16 Jun 1997.

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