noun (plural mallei /ˈmalɪʌɪ/)Anatomy
A small bone in the middle ear which transmits vibrations of the eardrum to the incus.
- 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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