Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An anvil-shaped bone between the malleus and the stapes in the mammalian middle ear.
  • noun A thunderhead.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In zoology and anatomy: One of the bones of the inner (middle) ear of a mammal: so named from its fancied resemblance to an anvil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An anvil.
  • noun (Anat.) One of the small bones in the tympanum of the ear; the anvil bone. See Ear.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The central portion of the armature of the pharynx in the Rotifera.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy A small anvil-shaped bone in the middle ear.
  • noun meteorology an accessory cloud, in the shape of an anvil which forms by spreading at the top of a cumulonimbus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the ossicle between the malleus and the stapes

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin incūs, incūd-, anvil, from incūsus, past participle of incūdere, to forge with a hammer : in-, intensive pref.; see in– + cūdere, to beat, forge; see kau- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin incūs ("anvil").

Examples

  • Connected with the malleus is another small bone, called the incus, or anvil, which is connected with another, called the stapes, or stirrup, from its shape.

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  • The malleus is connected through a tiny joint to the incus, which is attached to the stapes, both of which vibrate in their turn as result of the vibrations of the bone preceding them.

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  • "The malleus and the incus are the remnants of bones that in our reptilian ancestors were to be found in the jaw, as I explained earlier.

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  • The peripheral system includes the external ear (auricle and ear canal), the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, the middle ear (three small and connected bones: malleus, incus, and stapes), the oval window boundary, and the inner ear (vestibular system and cochlea).

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  • The peripheral system includes the external ear (auricle and ear canal), the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, the middle ear (three small and connected bones: malleus, incus, and stapes), the oval window boundary, and the inner ear (vestibular system and cochlea).

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  • The peripheral system includes the external ear (auricle and ear canal), the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, the middle ear (three small and connected bones: malleus, incus, and stapes), the oval window boundary, and the inner ear (vestibular system and cochlea).

    You Raising Your Child

  • The peripheral system includes the external ear (auricle and ear canal), the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, the middle ear (three small and connected bones: malleus, incus, and stapes), the oval window boundary, and the inner ear (vestibular system and cochlea).

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  • “The malleus, the incus, and the stapes,” I answered automatically.

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  • “The malleus, the incus, and the stapes,” I answered automatically.

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  • “The malleus, the incus, and the stapes,” I answered automatically.

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