Definition of malleolus in English:

malleolus

Syllabification: mal·le·o·lus
Pronunciation: /məˈlēələs
 
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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.
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Derivatives

malleolar

Pronunciation: /məˈlēələr/
adjective
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin, diminutive of malleus 'hammer'.

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