Definition of


  1. (noun, body) the ossicle attached to the eardrum

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Synonyms of Malleus


Alternate forms of Malleus

Hypernyms: auditory ossicle

Origin of the word Malleus

  1. 1660s, from L. malleus "hammer" (see mallet). more

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