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What term is used for the condition of a person having more than five digits on their hands or feet?

Question #149786. Asked by psnz.
Last updated Sep 10 2023.
Originally posted Sep 10 2023 7:59 PM.

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In humans/animals this condition can present itself on one or both hands or feet. The extra digit is usually a small piece of soft tissue that can be removed. Occasionally it contains bone without joints; rarely it may be a complete functioning digit. The extra digit is most common on the ulnar (little finger) side of the hand, less common on the radial (thumb) side, and very rarely within the middle three digits. These are respectively known as postaxial (little finger), preaxial (thumb), and central (ring, middle, index fingers) polydactyly. The extra digit is most commonly an abnormal fork in an existing digit, or it may rarely originate at the wrist as a normal digit does.


Response last updated by BigTriviaDawg on Sep 10 2023.
Sep 10 2023, 8:01 PM
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