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malleus

[mal-ee-uh s]
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noun, plural mal·le·i [mal-ee-ahy] /ˈmæl iˌaɪ/. Anatomy.
  1. the outermost of a chain of three small bones in the middle ear of mammals.Also called hammer.Compare incus(def 1), stapes.
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Origin of malleus

1660–70; < Latin: hammer
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Examples from the Web for malleus

Historical Examples

  • This is the first feature which a glance at Malleus alba (Fig. 162) conveys.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • The incus is articulated, or often fused, with an outgrowth from the head of the malleus.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • In some cases the malleus of the foetus differs strikingly from that of the adult.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • (i) Adhesion of the handle of the malleus to the promontory.

  • Another method is to resect the handle of the malleus (Fig. 195).


British Dictionary definitions for malleus

malleus

noun plural -lei (-lɪˌaɪ)
  1. the outermost and largest of the three small bones in the middle ear of mammalsNontechnical name: hammer See also incus, stapes
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: hammer
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Word Origin and History for malleus

n.

ear bone, 1660s, from Latin malleus "a hammer" (see mallet). So called for its shape.

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malleus in Medicine

malleus

(mălē-əs)
n. pl. mal•le•i (mălē-ī′)
  1. The hammer-shaped bone that is the outermost of the three auditory ossicles, articulating with the body of the incus.hammer
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malleus in Science

malleus

[mălē-əs]
Plural mallei (mălē-ī′)
  1. The hammer-shaped bone that is the largest and outermost of the three small bones (ossicles) in the middle ear.
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