Short bone

Short bones are designated as those bones that are as wide as they are long. Their primary function is to provide support and stability with little to no movement. They are one of five types of bones: short, long, flat, irregular and sesamoid. Examples of these bones include the tarsals in the foot and the carpals in the hand.

Short bone
Carpus (bones of wrist) is classified as short bone.
Short bones in human skeleton. (shown in red). Some sources classify patella as short bone and some don't.
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Anatomical terms of bone

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 79 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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