Do You Know: What Fingers’ Names are Called?

Do You Know: What Fingers Names' are Called?

Last Updated on February 13, 2023 by Okoro Daniel O.

The names of each finger on the human hand are the thumb, index finger, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky. Their names are derived from different cultures, languages, and settings – mainly Latin, Dutch, Ancient Egypt, and from medical terminology.

Finger (#) Regular name Medical name (Latin)
1 Thumb Pollex
2 Index finger (also known as pointer finger, fore finger) Digitus Secundus Manus
3 Middle finger Digitus Me’dius
4 Ring finger Digitus Annula’ris
5 Pinky (also known as baby finger) Digitus Mi’nimus Ma’nus

Finger bone segments

The finger bone segments (the scientific name for the finger bones is carpals) are named phalanges:

  • Tip segment: Distal phalanx.
  • Middle segment: Middle phalanx.
  • Bottom segment: Proximal phalanx
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