malleolus'

malleolus

[muh-lee-uh-luhs]
noun, plural malleoli [muh-lee-uh-lahy] . Anatomy.
the bony protuberance on either side of the ankle, at the lower end of the fibula or of the tibula.

Origin:
1685–95; < Latin: small hammer, mallet, equivalent to malle(us) hammer + -olus -ole1

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malleolus (məˈliːələs)
 
n , pl -li
either of two rounded bony projections of the tibia and fibula on the sides of each ankle joint
 
[C17: diminutive of Latin malleus hammer]
 
mal'leolar
 
adj

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malleolus
1690s, from L. malleolus, dim. of malleus "hammer" (see mallet).
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malleolus mal·le·o·lus (mə-lē'ə-ləs)
n. pl. mal·le·o·li (-lī')
A rounded bony prominence, such as those on either side of the ankle joint.


mal·le'o·lar (-lər) adj.
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