Middle finger

For the offensive gesture, see The finger.

Middle finger

Middle finger
Artery Proper palmar digital arteries,
dorsal digital arteries
Vein Palmar digital veins, dorsal digital veins
Nerve Dorsal digital nerves of radial nerve, proper palmar digital nerves of median nerve
Latin Digitus III manus, digitus medius manus, digitus tertius manus
TA A01.1.00.055
FMA 24947

Anatomical terminology

The middle finger, long finger, or tall finger is the third digit of the human hand, located between the index finger and the ring finger. It is usually the longest finger. In anatomy, it is also called the third finger, digitus medius, digitus tertius, or digitus III.

In Western countries, extending the middle finger (either by itself, or along with the index finger in the United Kingdom: see V sign) is an offensive and obscene gesture, widely recognized as a form of insult (colloquially known as "flipping the bird",[1] "flipping someone off", or simply "giving the finger").

The middle finger is often used for finger snapping together with the thumb.


  1. Jason Joseph, Rick Joseph (2007). 101 Ways to Flip the Bird. Broadway Books. ISBN 0-7679-2681-1.
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