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Is a thumb a finger

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Yes, the thumb is a finger. They are all Phalanges.

Phalanges are the long bones that make up the fingers and toes. There are fourteen phalanges, three for every finger and toe, except for the thumbs and big toes which have only two. Each bone is connected to the wrist and to each other by a joint or knuckle. The number of bones does not change the identification.

In medicine, phalanges are often called "digits". So you have 5 digits, including the thumb. The definition of a thumb is: "the short, thick first digit of the human hand, set lower and apart from the other four and opposable to them." The thumb is the only opposing digit / phalange. It allows us to grab, grip, pinch, and pick up things

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A thumb is not a finger because they are smaller than fingers and have 2 joints instead of 3 like fingers.

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