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incus

play
noun, in·cus \ˈiŋ-kəs\

Definition of incus

plural incudes play \iŋ-ˈkyü-(ˌ)dēz, ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌdēz\

  1. :  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


Medical Dictionary

incus

play
noun in·cus \ˈiŋ-kəs\

Medical Definition of incus

plural incudes \iŋ-ˈkyüd-(ˌ)ēz, ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌdēz\play play

  1. :  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


Learn More about incus

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "incus" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "incus"


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