Malleus definition

mălē-əs
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The hammer-shaped bone that is the outermost of the three small bones in the mammalian middle ear.
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The largest and outermost of the three small bones in the middle ear of mammals, shaped somewhat like a hammer.
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The hammer-shaped bone that is the outermost of the three small bones in the mammalian middle ear.
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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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(anatomy) The small hammer-shaped bone of the middle ear.

A fracture of the malleus handle is a rare traumatic middle ear lesion.

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(ichthyology) The tripus (ossicle in cypriniform fishes).
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(zoology) One of the paired calcareous structures within the mastax of rotifers.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
malleus
Plural:
mallei

Origin of malleus

  • Latin hammer melə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin malleus (“hammer, mallet")

    From Wiktionary