[ 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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How to use malleolus in a sentence
The talus is felt in front of the tibia, and the malleoli appear to be displaced backwards and to lie nearer the sole.
In all these injuries the body of the talus loses its normal relationship with the malleoli.
Examples of this are fractures of the internal or external malleoli, following forcible eversion or inversion of the foot.
In the majority of cases there is an accompanying fracture of either one or both malleoli or of the shaft of the fibula.
If there is extensive comminution of the os calcis or astragalus, the malleoli may be a little lower than normal.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 malleolusmalleolar, adjective
Word Origin for malleolus
C17: diminutive of Latin malleus hammer
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