Origin of malleus
1660–70; < Latin: hammer
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Examples from the Web for malleus
This is the first feature which a glance at Malleus alba (Fig. 162) conveys.The Ocean World:
The incus is articulated, or often fused, with an outgrowth from the head of the malleus.
In some cases the malleus of the foetus differs strikingly from that of the adult.
(i) Adhesion of the handle of the malleus to the promontory.
Another method is to resect the handle of the malleus (Fig. 195).
C17: from Latin: hammer
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Word Origin and History for malleus
ear bone, 1660s, from Latin malleus "a hammer" (see mallet). So called for its shape.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The hammer-shaped bone that is the outermost of the three auditory ossicles, articulating with the body of the incus.hammer
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- The hammer-shaped bone that is the largest and outermost of the three small bones (ossicles) in the middle ear.
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