[ ang-kuh l ]
/ ˈæŋ kəl /


(in humans) the joint between the foot and the leg, in which movement occurs in two planes.
the corresponding joint in a quadruped or bird; hock.
the slender part of the leg above the foot.

Origin of ankle

before 1000; Middle English ankel, enkel (cognate with Middle Low German, Dutch enkel, Old High German anchal, enchil, Old Norse ǫkkul); Middle English anclowe, Old English anclēow(e) (cognate with Middle Low German anclef, Dutch anklāw, Old High German anchlāo) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ankle

/ (ˈæŋkəl) /


the joint connecting the leg and the footSee talus 1
the part of the leg just above the foot

Word Origin for ankle

C14: from Old Norse; related to German, Dutch enkel, Latin angulus angle 1
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Medicine definitions for ankle

[ ăngkəl ]


The joint between the leg and foot in which the tibia and fibula articulate with the talus.
The region of the ankle joint.
The anklebone.
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