Finger Names:
What are Fingers Called?

The finger names are presented in this graphic. Also included is the names for the bone segments of the fingers:

Finger Names Graphic

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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