malleolus

noun
mal·​le·​o·​lus | \ mə-ˈlē-ə-ləs How to pronounce malleolus (audio) \
plural malleoli\ -​ˌlī How to pronounce malleoli (audio) \

Medical Definition of malleolus

: an expanded projection or process at the distal end of the fibula or tibia at the level of the ankle:
a : the expanded lower end of the fibula situated on the lateral side of the leg at the ankle

called also external malleolus, lateral malleolus

b : a strong pyramid-shaped process of the tibia that projects distally on the medial side of its lower end at the ankle

called also internal malleolus, medial malleolus

c : a small projection of the tibia on the posterior side of its lower end at the ankle

called also posterior malleolus

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“Malleolus.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/malleolus. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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