Definition of stapes in English:

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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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: sta·pes

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