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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.
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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]
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hammer

(hăm′ər)
n.
Anatomy See malleus.

ham′mer·er n.
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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]
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hammer

see MALLEUS.
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