stapes

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noun sta·pes \ˈstā-(ˌ)pēz\

Definition of stapes

plural

stapes

or

stapedes

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

Origin and Etymology of stapes

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


Medical Dictionary

stapes

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noun sta·pes \ˈstā-(ˌ)pēz\

Medical Definition of stapes

plural

stapes

or

stapedes

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  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

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