Definition of malleus in English:


Syllabification: mal·le·us
Pronunciation: /ˈmalēəs

noun (plural mallei /ˈmalēˌī, -ēˌē/)

  • A small bone in the middle ear that transmits vibrations of the eardrum to the incus.
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    • The air pressure on either side of the eardrum is normally kept equal for proper functioning of the middle ear structures, namely the malleus, incus and stapes bones.
    • Urbantschitsch has provided detailed measurements of the malleus, incus and the stapes.
    • In mammals they are called the malleus, incus and stapes.


mid 17th century: from Latin, literally 'hammer'.

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