Metacarpus

Met`a*car"pus

(?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. ; beyond, between + the wrist.] (Anat.) That part of the skeleton of the hand or forefoot between the carpus and phalanges. In man it consists of five bones. See Illust. of Artiodactyla.
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Met`a*cen"ter

(?) or

Met`a*cen"tre

}, n. [Pref. meta- + center.] (Hydrostatics) The point of intersection of a vertical line through the center of gravity of the fluid displaced by a floating body which is tipped through a small angle from its position of equilibrium, and the inclined line which was vertical through the center of gravity of the body when in equilibrium.
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When the metacenter is above the center of gravity, the position of the body is stable; when below it, unstable.
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