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Pictures and Anatomy of the Malleus
The malleus, or hammer, is the largest of the three ossicles.  The club-shaped superior part is called the head.  On its posterior surface, the head articulates with the incus.  The neck (collum) separates the head from the handle (manubrium).  A small lateral process projects from the superolateral aspect of the manubrium and is readily visible as a bulge in the tympanic membrane.

This malleus is photographed next to a penny to show its relative size
Anterior surface of the malleus
Posterior surface of the malleus.  Note the articular facet for the incus.

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