mallei

malleus

[mal-ee-uhs]
noun, plural mallei [mal-ee-ahy] . 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:
1660–70; < Latin: hammer

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malleus (ˈmælɪəs)
 
n , pl -lei
incus See also stapes Nontechnical name: hammer the outermost and largest of the three small bones in the middle ear of mammals
 
[C17: from Latin: hammer]

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malleus
1660s, from L. malleus "hammer" (see mallet).
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malleus mal·le·us (māl'ē-əs)
n. pl. mal·le·i (māl'ē-ī')
The hammer-shaped bone that is the outermost of the three auditory ossicles, articulating with the body of the incus. Also called hammer.

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malleus   (māl'ē-əs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural mallei (māl'ē-ī')
The hammer-shaped bone that is the largest and outermost of the three small bones (ossicles) in the middle ear.
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