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malleolus

[ muh-lee-uh-luhs ]
/ məˈli ə ləs /
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noun, plural mal·le·o·li [muh-lee-uh-lahy]. /məˈli əˌlaɪ/. Anatomy.
the bony protuberance on either side of the ankle, at the lower end of the fibula or of the tibia.
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Origin of malleolus

1685–95; <Latin: small hammer, mallet, equivalent to malle(us) hammer + -olus-ole1
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British Dictionary definitions for malleolus

malleolus
/ (məˈliːələs) /

noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
either of two rounded bony projections of the tibia and fibula on the sides of each ankle joint

Derived forms of malleolus

malleolar, adjective

Word Origin for malleolus

C17: diminutive of Latin malleus hammer
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Medical definitions for malleolus

malleolus
[ mə-lēə-ləs ]

n. pl. mal•le•o•li (-lī′)
A rounded bony prominence, such as those on either side of the ankle joint.

Other words from malleolus

mal•leo•lar (-lər) adj.
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