Definition of stapes in English:


Syllabification: sta·pes
Pronunciation: /ˈstāpēz

noun (plural same)

  • A small stirrup-shaped bone in the middle ear, transmitting vibrations from the incus to the inner ear. Also called stirrup.
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    • Reptiles have a single ear ossicle, the stapes or stirrup bone.
    • That bone turned out to be the stapes, which transmitted vibrations to the animal's inner ear.
    • Urbantschitsch has provided detailed measurements of the malleus, incus and the stapes.


mid 17th century: modern Latin, from medieval Latin stapes 'stirrup'.

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