malleus

noun mal·le·us \ ˈma-lē-əs \

Definition of malleus

plural mallei play \-lē-ˌī, -lē-ˌē\
: the outermost of a chain of three small bones of the mammalian middle ear called also hammer; see ear illustration

Origin and Etymology of malleus

New Latin, from Latin, hammer



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malleus

noun mal·le·us \ ˈmal-ē-əs \

medical Definition of malleus

plural mallei play \-ē-ˌī, -ē-ˌē\
: the outermost of the chain of three ossicles in the middle ear of a mammal consisting of a head, neck, short process, long process, and handle with the short process and handle being fastened to the tympanic membrane and the head articulating with the head of the incus called also hammer

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