ankle

noun an·kle \ ˈaŋ-kəl \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of ankle

1 : the joint between the foot and the leg; also : the region of this joint
2 : the joint between the cannon bone and pastern (as in the horse)

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Origin and Etymology of ankle

Middle English ankel, from Old English anclēow; akin to Old High German anchlāo ankle



ANKLE Defined for English Language Learners

ankle

noun

Definition of ankle for English Language Learners

  • : the joint where the foot joins the leg


ANKLE Defined for Kids

ankle

noun an·kle \ ˈaŋ-kəl \

Definition of ankle for Students

1 : the joint between the foot and the leg
  • I broke my ankle.
2 : the area containing the ankle joint

Medical Dictionary

ankle

noun an·kle \ ˈaŋ-kəl \

medical Definition of ankle

1 a : the joint between the foot and the leg that constitutes in humans a ginglymus joint between the tibia and fibula above and the talus below called also ankle joint
b : the region of the ankle joint
2 : the joint between the cannon bone and pastern (as in the horse)


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