noun in·cus \ˈiŋ-kəs\
plural in·cu·des \iŋ-ˈkyü-(ˌ)dēz, ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌdēz\

Definition of INCUS

:  the middle bone of a chain of three small bones in the ear of a mammal —called also anvil — see ear illustration

Origin of INCUS

New Latin, from Latin, anvil, from incudere
First Known Use: 1615


noun in·cus \ˈiŋ-kəs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural in·cu·des \iŋ-ˈkyüd-(ˌ)ēz, ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌdēz\

Medical Definition of INCUS

:  the middle bone of the chain of three ossicles in the middle ear of a mammal resembling a premolar tooth with the body having a facet which articulates with the malleus and with the longer of the two widely separated crura having a process which articulates with the stapes—called also ambos, anvil

Illustration of INCUS


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