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stapes

 [sta´pēz]
the innermost of the three ossicles of the ear; called also stirrup. See also Plates.

sta·pes

, pl.

sta·pes

,

sta·pe·des

(stā'pēz, stā'pē-dēz), [TA]
The smallest of the three auditory ossicles; its base, or footpiece, fits into the vestibular (oval) window, whereas its head is articulated with the lenticular process of the long limb of the incus.
Synonym(s): stirrup
[Mod. L. stirrup]

stapes

/sta·pes/ (sta´pēz) [L.] the innermost of the auditory ossicles; it articulates by its head with the incus and its base is inserted into the oval window

stapes

(stā′pēz)
n. pl. stapes or stapedes (stā′pĭ-dēz′)
The innermost of the three small bones of the middle ear, shaped somewhat like a stirrup. Also called stirrup.

sta·pe′di·al (stā-pē′dē-əl) adj.

stapes

[stā′pēz]
Etymology: L, stirrup
one of the three ossicles in the middle ear, resembling a tiny stirrup, that fits into the oval window. It transmits sound vibrations from the incus to the internal ear. Compare incus, malleus. See also middle ear.

sta·pes

, pl. stapedes (stā'pēz, stā-pē'dēz) [TA]
The smallest of the three auditory ossicles; its base, or footpiece, fits into the vestibular (oval) window, while its head is articulated with the lenticular process of the long limb of the incus.
Synonym(s): stirrup.
[Mod. L. stirrup]

stapes

The innermost of the three tiny linking bones of the middle ear (auditory ossicles). The footplate of the stapes lies in the oval window in the wall of the inner ear and transmits vibration to the fluid in the COCHLEA.

stapes

the innermost of the three ear ossicles which contacts the oval window of the EAR. It is stirrup-shaped.

stapes

the innermost of the three ossicles of the ear; called also stirrup.
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