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malleolus

Syllabification: mal·le·o·lus
Pronunciation: /məˈlēələs
 
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Definition of malleolus in English:

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.
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

malleolar

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Pronunciation: /məˈlēələr/
adjective
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.

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