|Precursor||1st branchial arch|
|Part of||Middle ear|
|Anatomical terms of bone|
|This article is one of a series documenting the anatomy of the|
The malleus, or hammer, is a hammer-shaped small bone or ossicle of the middle ear. It connects with the incus, and is attached to the inner surface of the eardrum. The word is Latin for 'hammer' or 'mallet'. It transmits the sound vibrations from the eardrum to the incus (anvil).
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