One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bony projection with a shape likened to a hammer head, especially each of those on either side of the ankle.
- ‘On examination he had mild swelling and tenderness around the medial malleolus of his left ankle.’
- ‘The medial and lateral malleoli of the tibia and fibula stabilize the talus.’
- ‘A venous wound often occurs near the medial malleolus; it is jagged in shape, quite shallow, and usually is not painful.’
- ‘Arterial ulcers tend to occur over the distal part of the leg, especially the lateral malleoli, dorsum of the feet, and the toes.’
- ‘A metal hinge located at the lateral and medial malleoli permits both dorsiflexion and plantar flexion.’
Late 17th century: from Latin, diminutive of malleus ‘hammer’.
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