sta·​pes | \ ˈstā-(ˌ)pēz How to pronounce stapes (audio) \
plural stapes or stapedes\ ˈstā-​pə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce stapedes (audio) \

Definition of stapes

: the innermost ossicle of the middle ear of mammals

called also stirrup

— see ear illustration

First Known Use of stapes

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stapes

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

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“Stapes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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sta·​pes | \ ˈstā-(ˌ)pēz How to pronounce stapes (audio) \
plural stapes or stapedes\ stə-​ˈpē-​ˌdēz How to pronounce stapedes (audio) \

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, and a head connected with the incus

called also stirrup

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