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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]

stirrup

(stûr′əp, stĭr′-)
n.
1. A flat-based loop or ring hung from either side of a horse's saddle to support the rider's foot in mounting and riding; a stirrup iron.
2. A part or device shaped like an inverted U in which something is supported, held, or fixed.
3. A rope on a ship that hangs from a yard and has an eye at the end through which a footrope is passed for support.
4. See stapes.

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]