Definitions

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

  • n. The innermost of the three small bones of the middle ear, shaped somewhat like a stirrup. Also called stirrup.

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  • n. A small stirrup-shaped bone of the middle ear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The innermost of the ossicles of the ear; the stirrup, or stirrup bone; -- so called from its form. See Illust. of ear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In zoology and anatomy, the inmost one of the three auditory ossicles of man and other mammals, situated in the tympanum, or middle ear.
  • n. A bandage for the foot forming figure-of-eight turns around the ankle.

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

  • n. the stirrup-shaped ossicle that transmits sound from the incus to the cochlea

Etymologies

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

New Latin stapēs, stapēd-, from Medieval Latin, stirrup.

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From Late Latin stapēs ("stirrup").

Examples

  • Now, if you can see where the pointer is pointing here on this upper right diagram, this long structure here with a big hole in the middle is called the stapes, and this is an ear bone that connects up to the eardrum in the inner ear, this little funny snail shaped thing, this bone, the stapes, has been in animals ever since they came out on land.

    What a difference a day makes. - The Panda's Thumb

  • The incus moves with the malleus and passes on the vibrations to the third bone, which is shaped like a tiny stirrup (with an opening not much larger than the eye of a needle) and therefore called the stapes (sta/peez; "stirrup" L).

    The Human Brain

  • THE INTERNAL EAR On the other side of the oval window covered by the stapes is the vestibule referred to on page 248.

    The Human Brain

  • The preservation of the skull is so precise that even the middle-ear bone, known as the stapes, remains perfectly intact and in its correct position, a very rare discovery in fossils.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • That’s just so you can see where the stapes is the comparable structures.

    What a difference a day makes. - The Panda's Thumb

  • At one point, the lady at the desk next to me goes into a drawer for stapes or something and bangs my butt, ripping out my earphone and effectively disconnecting me from the show.

    Coyote Blog » 2010 » February

  • The hearing loss is correctable by surgery in which the stapes bone is replaced by prosthesis.

    John W. House, M.D.: Too Many Tests!

  • Our radiologist located the otosclerosis adjacent to the stapes.

    John W. House, M.D.: Too Many Tests!

  • The obvious diagnosis is otoslcerosis which is a condition caused by abnormal bone growth in the middle ear around the stapes bone 3rd ear bone in the middle ear.

    John W. House, M.D.: Too Many Tests!

  • The menu offers po'boys, BLTs and other summertime stapes.

    Summer Comfort

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