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ankle

[ ang-kuhl ]
/ ˈæŋ kəl /
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noun

(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.

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Origin of ankle

First recorded before 1000; partly from Middle English ankel, enkel, ankyl, cognate with Middle Low German, Dutch enkel, Old Frisian ankel, Old High German anchal, enchil, Old Norse ǫkkul (from unrecorded ankula); partly from Middle English anclowe, oncleou, Old English anclēow, onclēow, cognate with Middle Low German anclef, Dutch anklāw, Old High German anchlāo; akin to Latin angulus “corner, angle,” Greek ankúlos “bent, crooked,” and ankṓn “bend of the arm, elbow”
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British Dictionary definitions for ankle

ankle
/ (ˈæŋkəl) /

noun

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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Medical definitions for ankle

ankle
[ ăngkəl ]

n.

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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