noun (plural malleoli /-ˌlī/ /-ˌlē/)Anatomy
A bony projection with a shape likened to a hammer head, especially each of those on either side of the ankle.
- On examination he had mild swelling and tenderness around the medial malleolus of his left ankle.
- Arterial ulcers tend to occur over the distal part of the leg, especially the lateral malleoli, dorsum of the feet, and the toes.
- A venous wound often occurs near the medial malleolus; it is jagged in shape, quite shallow, and usually is not painful.
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- The dorsal metatarsal, deep plantar, lateral and medial plantar, and lateral malleolar arteries are identified.
- Use of a CAT scan is optimal to verify the actual variation in the malleolar axial relationship.
- Radiographs may reveal malleolar fractures, talar dome fractures or disruption of the ankle syndesmosis.
Late 17th century: from Latin, diminutive of malleus 'hammer'.
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