Pronunciation: (mal'ē-us), [key]
—pl. mal•le•iPronunciation: (mal'ē-ī"). [key] Anat.
the outermost of a chain of three small bones in the middle ear of mammals. Also called hammer. Cf. incus (def. 1), stapes. See diag. under ear.
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