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stapes

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noun, sta·pes \ˈstā-(ˌ)pēz\

Definition of stapes

plural stapes or stapedes play \ˈstā-pə-ˌdēz\

  1. :  the innermost ossicle of the middle ear of mammals —called also stirrup — see ear illustration



Origin of stapes

New Latin staped-, stapes, from Medieval Latin, stirrup, alteration of Late Latin stapia


First Known Use: 1615


Medical Dictionary

stapes

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noun sta·pes \ˈstā-(ˌ)pēz\

Medical Definition of stapes

plural stapes or stapedes \stə-ˈpē-ˌdēz\play

  1. :  the innermost of the chain of three ossicles in the middle ear of a mammal having the form of a stirrup, a base occupying the oval window, and a head connected with the incus—called also stirrup



Illustration of stapes


Learn More about stapes

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


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