noun, plural mal·le·i [mal-ee-ahy] /ˈmæl iˌaɪ/. Anatomy.
Origin of malleus
Examples from the Web for malleus
In the Carnivora vera the incus and stapes are small as compared with the malleus, but in the Pinnipedia they are large.The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
An articular facet begins on the manubrium near the neck and spirals halfway around the head of the malleus.
Another method is to resect the handle of the malleus (Fig. 195).
The head of the malleus in Tamias is clearly more elongated than in Eutamias.
Among the latter was the Malleus vulgaris, which is used as food by the natives.
British Dictionary definitions for malleus
noun plural -lei (-lɪˌaɪ)
Word Origin for malleus
Word Origin and History for malleus
ear bone, 1660s, from Latin malleus "a hammer" (see mallet). So called for its shape.