Definition of malleus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmalɪəs/

noun (plural mallei /ˈmalɪʌɪ/)

A small bone in the middle ear which transmits vibrations of the eardrum to the incus.
Example sentences
  • 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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