Pinky finger issue

  1. Does anyone know the appropriate name for the pinky finger? I had a patient today that I treated for an injury, and when I was charting I realized that "left pinky finger" was a bit lacking... BTW any good basic Anatomy refences would be appreciated as well.
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  3. by   donsterRN
    I have no idea!

    I don't think I learned a specific name for the specific finger. I've always just referred to it as the L or R 5th finger.
  4. by   Annor
    I call it left fifth digit


    Quote from SaderNurse05
    Does anyone know the appropriate name for the pinky finger? I had a patient today that I treated for an injury, and when I was charting I realized that "left pinky finger" was a bit lacking... BTW any good basic Anatomy refences would be appreciated as well.
  5. by   Annor
    I call it left fifth digit


    Quote from SaderNurse05
    Does anyone know the appropriate name for the pinky finger? I had a patient today that I treated for an injury, and when I was charting I realized that "left pinky finger" was a bit lacking... BTW any good basic Anatomy refences would be appreciated as well.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    I googled it . . .

    So far I've found "little finger" (which is what I call it), baby finger, anti-thumb, fifth finger, or fourth finger (if you don't count the thumb as a finger).

    steph
  7. by   regularRN
    [FONT="Comic Sans MS"]I say "This little finger on the right (or left)" - you know, like the rhyme... "One, two, three, four, five once I caught a fish a-live. Which finger did it bite? This little finger on the right".
  8. by   leslie :-D
    thumb, index, middle, ring and little finger.
    or how about 5th metatarpal?

    leslie
  9. by   ebear
    Left 5th metacarpal
    ebear
  10. by   kcalohagirl
    However, wouldn't the finger be a phalange rather than a metacarpal?
  11. by   ElvishDNP
    Yep, the finger is a phalanx.
    I just say L 5th finger. It's easier.
  12. by   EricJRN
    Quote from kcalohagirl
    However, wouldn't the finger be a phalange rather than a metacarpal?
    You'll see phalange as acceptable in some sources, but even better is phalanx. (singular phalanx, plural phalanges)
  13. by   ERGirl83
    In my anatomy class we can only say "5th Digit," "little finger," or "digitus minimus." Never pinky finger....

    And the finger isn't "a phalanx," the 5th digit contains THREE phalanges, a proximal, middle and distal phalanx....

    Can you tell my anatomy professors are SUPER anal?
  14. by   EricJRN
    Quote from DollBabyKG
    And the finger isn't "a phalanx," the 5th digit contains THREE phalanges, a proximal, middle and distal phalanx....
    Oh! That's true. Composed of phalanges, but not in itself a phalanx. Good call!

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