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malleolus

[ muh-lee-uh-luhs ]

noun

, Anatomy.
, plural mal·le·o·li [m, uh, -, lee, -, uh, -lahy].
  1. the bony protuberance on either side of the ankle, at the lower end of the fibula or of the tibia.


malleolus

/ məˈliːələs /

noun

  1. either of two rounded bony projections of the tibia and fibula on the sides of each ankle joint


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Derived Forms

  • malˈleolar, adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of malleolus1

1685–95; < Latin: small hammer, mallet, equivalent to malle ( us ) hammer + -olus -ole 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of malleolus1

C17: diminutive of Latin malleus hammer

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Example Sentences

Please to observe the beautiful polish the internal malleolus takes!'

Similarly the tibialis posterior may be displaced over the medial malleolus as a result of inversion of the foot.

Now carefully dissect the tendons of the tibialis posticus and flexor communis digitorum from behind the internal malleolus.

The medial malleolus is unduly prominent, stretching the skin, which may give way if the patient attempts to walk.

The medial malleolus alone may be carried away, or a portion of the broad part of the tibia may accompany it.

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