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n. pl. mal·le·i (măl′ē-ī′)
The hammer-shaped bone that is the outermost of the three small bones in the mammalian middle ear. Also called hammer.
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n, pl -lei (-lɪˌaɪ)
[C17: from Latin: hammer]
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mal•le•us(ˈmæl i əs)
n., pl. mal•le•i (ˈmæl iˌaɪ)
the outermost of the chain of three small bones in the middle ear of mammals. Also called hammer.
[1660–70; < Latin: hammer]
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The largest and outermost of the three small bones (called ossicles) in the middle ear. It is also called the hammer.
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|Noun||1.||malleus - the ossicle attached to the eardrum|
auditory ossicle - ossicles of the middle ear that transmit acoustic vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear
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