noun \ˈstā-(ˌ)pēz\
plural stapes or sta·pe·des \ˈstā-pə-ˌdēz\

Definition of STAPES

:  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


noun \ˈstā-(ˌ)pēz\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural stapes or sta·pe·des \stə-ˈpē-ˌdēz\

Medical Definition of STAPES

: 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 of the tympanum, and a head connected with the incus—called also stirrup

Illustration of STAPES


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