In the human wrist there is a sheath of tough connective tissue which envelopes and protects one nerve and tendons, which attach muscles to the wrist and hand bones.
The carpal tunnel is the space between this sheath and the bones making up the wrist and hand (carpal bones).
The term 'carpal tunnel' is also used quite commonly to refer to 'carpal tunnel syndrome' which is a condition where the median nerve is pinched within the tunnel and causes pain and/or numbness of the wrist/hand, typically as a result of repetitive motion such as painting or typing.
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