American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Either of the two rounded protuberances on each side of the ankle, the inner formed by a projection of the tibia and the outer by a projection of the fibula.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy, a bony protuberance on either side of the ankle. The two together contribute to the stability of the ankle-joint, by locking the astragalus so as to prevent lateral and rotatory movements. In man the outer malleolus is formed by the fibula, the inner by the tibia; and each forms a sort of pulley or trochlea around which wind the tendons of important extensor muscles of the foot. The malleoli are little distinguished in most animals, owing to the different set of the foot upon the leg, or the different configuration of the parts. When, as often occurs, the fibula does not reach the ankle, the outer malleolus is wanting unless formed by the tibia. In birds the condyles of the tibia, constituted by ankylosis of proximal tarsal bones, take the name and place of malleoli.
- n. In botany, a layer; a shoot bent into the ground and half divided at the bend, whence it emits roots.
- n. [capitalized] In conch., a genus of bivalve shells.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) A projection at the distal end of each bone of the leg at the ankle joint. The malleolus of the tibia is the internal projection, that of the fibula the external.
- n. “ A layer, ” a shoot partly buried in the ground, and there cut halfway through.
- New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of malleus, hammer; see melə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Gunn, Norman, 1355, very probably has a fracture of the left internal malleolus, but has had no treatment for fifteen days and has not been X-rayed.”
“In fifteen minutes the ankle experienced complete absence of swelling and the medial malleolus ankle bone previously not seen became visible.”
“The microphones did not pick up the fracture of her medial malleolus.”
“The malleolus articulates with the talus in the foot, and provides joint stability.”
““Parts of a left leg were also recovered on Tuesday, including a portion of medial malleolus.””
“I was rotating the new hunk of leg when I noticed an irregularity centered in the shaft approximately five centimeters above the troublesome malleolus.”
“On the cart lay the following: proximal and distal portions of a left femur; a fragment of proximal left fibula; two fragments of left tibia, one proximal, the other distal, including the mangled malleolus; a portion of left pelvis extending from the pubic bone out into the blade; the talus, navicular, and third and second cuneiforms from a left foot.”
“Procedure Note: Patient removed right sock to display prominent 1.5cm diameter pustule overlying an erythematous region of approximately 10cm in diameter posterior and inferior to the medial malleolus.”
“He would end up with virtually a state of shock after all three main ankle ligaments were torn medial malleolus was fractured.”
“My sister sprained her ankle severely on Monday and came home with a humongous swelling over the lateral malleolus.”
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