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[mal-ee-uh s] /ˈmæl i əs/
noun, plural mallei
[mal-ee-ahy] /ˈmæl iˌaɪ/ (Show IPA).
the outermost of a chain of three small bones in the middle ear of mammals.
Also called hammer.
Compare incus (def 1), stapes.
Origin of malleus
1660-70; < Latin: hammer Unabridged
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noun (pl) -lei (-lɪˌaɪ)
the outermost and largest of the three small bones in the middle ear of mammals Nontechnical name hammer See also incus, stapes
Word Origin
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.

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malleus in Medicine

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 in Science
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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