Little finger

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Little finger
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Little finger
Details
Latin digitus minimus manus,
digitus quintus manus,
digitus V manus
Proper palmar digital arteries,
dorsal digital arteries
Palmar digital veins,
dorsal digital veins
Dorsal digital nerves of ulnar nerve
supratrochlear
Identifiers
Dorlands
/Elsevier
d_18/12296668
TA A01.1.00.057
FMA FMA:24949
Anatomical terminology

The little finger, often called the pinky in American English, pinkie in Scottish English (from the Dutch word pink, "little finger"), or fifth digit in medicine, is the most ulnar and usually smallest finger of the human hand, opposite the thumb, next to the ring finger.

Muscles[edit]

There are nine muscles that control the fifth digit: Three in the hypothenar eminence, two extrinsic flexors, two extrinsic extensors, and two more intrinsic muscles:

Note: the dorsal interossei of the hand muscles do not have an attachment to the fifth digit

Cultural significance[edit]

Gestures[edit]

A pinky swear

A pinky swear or pinky promise is made when a person wraps one of their pinky fingers around the other person's pinky and makes a promise. Traditionally, it's considered binding, and the idea was originally that the person who breaks the promise must cut off their pinky finger. In a similar vein, among members of the Japanese yakuza (gangsters), the penalty for various offenses is removal of parts of the little finger (known as yubitsume).[1][dubious ]

Rings[edit]

The Iron Ring is a symbolic ring worn by most Canadian engineers. The Ring is a symbol of both pride and humility for the engineering profession, and is always worn on the little finger of the dominant hand.

In the United States the Engineer's Ring is a stainless steel ring worn on the fifth finger of the working hand by engineers that belong to the Order of the Engineerand have accepted the Obligation of an Engineer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hill, Peter B. E.: "The Japanese Mafia: Yakuza, law, and the state", p. 75. Oxford Univ. Press, 2003

See also[edit]