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malleus

 [mal´e-us]
the outermost and largest of the three ossicles of the ear; called also hammer. See also color plates.

mal·le·us

, gen. and pl.

mal·le·i

(mal'ē-ŭs, mal'ē-ī), [TA]
The largest of the three auditory ossicles, resembling a club rather than a hammer; it is regarded as having a head, below which is the neck, and from this diverge the handle or manubrium, and the slender, anterior process; from the base of the manubrium the short lateral process arises. The manubrium and lateral process are firmly attached to the tympanic membrane, and the head articulates with a saddle-shaped surface on the body of the incus.
Synonym(s): hammer
[L. a hammer]

hammer

/ham·mer/ (ham´er)
1. an instrument with a head designed for striking blows.

hammer

(hăm′ər)
n.
Anatomy See malleus.

ham′mer·er n.

mal·le·us

, pl. mallei (mal'ē-ŭs, -ī) [TA]
The largest of the three auditory ossicles, resembling a club rather than a hammer; it is regarded as having a head, below which is the neck, and from this diverge the handle or manubrium, and the slender, anterior process; from the base of the manubrium the short lateral process arises. The manubrium and lateral process are firmly attached to the tympanic membrane, and the head articulates with a saddle-shaped surface on the body of the incus.
Synonym(s): hammer.
[L. a hammer]

hammer

see MALLEUS.

hammer

the malleus, the largest of the three bones of the middle ear.

hammer stunning
a blow in the center of the forehead with a 4 to 5 lb hammer on a handle 3 ft long; used as a means of stunning an ox before opening its jugular vein and letting it bleed out.
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Figure 1 shows the action with the original hammer and sear engaged, and all other elements removed.
Or, Hesseltine says, some models will reduce the force if there's no resistance, like when a breaker or hammer breaks through the wall it's demolishing.
Hammer refrains from making judgment calls about right and wrong and is honest enough to admit he often cannot tell the difference.
This bump is the point in key descent where the hammer meets the string and silence becomes sound--so the key actually passes through the sound on its way down.
Hammer has overseen Rivercross, a Mitchell-Lama cooperative, for Rose since 1999.
what was personally interesting was, she pointed at me when she did it," Hammer recalls.
Hammer deals more fully with one aspect of this topic in his monograph on the Second Earl of Essex.