malleus

[ mal-ee-uh s ]
/ ˈmæl i əs /

noun, plural mal·le·i [mal-ee-ahy] /ˈmæl iˌaɪ/. Anatomy.

the outermost of a chain of three small bones in the middle ear of mammals.Also called hammer.Compare incus(def 1), stapes.

Origin of malleus

1660–70; < Latin: hammer
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for malleus

British Dictionary definitions for malleus

malleus

/ (ˈmælɪəs) /

noun plural -lei (-lɪˌaɪ)

the outermost and largest of the three small bones in the middle ear of mammalsNontechnical name: hammer See also incus, stapes

Word Origin for malleus

C17: from Latin: hammer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for malleus

malleus

[ mălē-əs ]

n. pl. mal•le•i (mălē-ī′)

The hammer-shaped bone that is the outermost of the three auditory ossicles, articulating with the body of the incus.hammer
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Science definitions for malleus

malleus

[ mălē-əs ]

Plural mallei (mălē-ī′)

The hammer-shaped bone that is the largest and outermost of the three small bones (ossicles) in the middle ear.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.