Dictionary.com

malleus

[ mal-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈmæl i əs /
Save This Word!

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.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help
Also called hammer .

Origin of malleus

First recorded in 1660–70; from Latin: “hammer”
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use malleus in a sentence

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

Medical 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.

Scientific 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.
FEEDBACK