|Left malleus. A. From behind. B. From within.|
|The right membrana tympani with the hammer and the chorda tympani, viewed from within, from behind, and from above. (Malleus visible at center.)|
|Bones and muscles in the tympanic cavity in the middle ear|
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The malleus or hammer is a hammer-shaped small bone or ossicle of the middle ear which connects with the incus and is attached to the inner surface of the eardrum. The word is Latin for hammer. It transmits the sound vibrations from the eardrum to the incus.
Sound waves hit the ear drum and, together with the other bones, the malleus transmits the vibrations from the ear drum to the cochlea, and then to the brain, which enables hearing.
- Bone terminology
- Evolution of mammalian auditory ossicles
- Terms for anatomical location
- Neck of malleus
- Superior ligament of malleus
- Lateral ligament of malleus
- Anterior ligament of malleus
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