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- adj. Of or pertaining to the stapes
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the stapes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Stirrup-shaped: as, the stapedial bone of the ear.
- Pertaining to the stapes or its representative, whatever its form.
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Based on stapedial morphology, Feduccia (1977) argued that the Shoebill really is a stork.
The stapes first appears as a ring (annulus stapedius) encircling a small vessel, the stapedial artery, which subsequently undergoes atrophy; it is ossified from a single center which appears in its base.
On the obliteration of the stapedial artery this anastomosis enlarges and forms the internal maxillary artery, and the branches of the stapedial artery are now branches of this vessel.
The common stem of the infraorbital and mandibular branches passes between the two roots of the auriculotemporal nerve and becomes the middle meningeal artery; the original supraorbital branch of the stapedial is represented by the orbital twigs of the middle meningeal.
The first and second arches disappear early, but the dorsal end of the second gives origin to the stapedial artery (Fig. 474), a vessel which atrophies in man but persists in some mammals.