Definition of incus in English:


Line breaks: incus
Pronunciation: /ˈɪŋkəs

noun (plural incudes /ˈɪŋkjʊdiːz, ɪnˈkjuːdiːz/)

A small anvil-shaped bone in the middle ear, transmitting vibrations between the malleus and stapes.
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  • The air pressure on either side of the eardrum is normally kept equal for proper functioning of the middle ear structures, namely the malleus, incus and stapes bones.
  • The most common form of ossicular chain lesion following head injury is separation of the incudostapedial joint while fractures of the malleus, incus or stapes are described as uncommon.
  • Mammals hear sounds after they are transmitted from the outside world to their inner ears by a chain of three bones, the malleus, incus, and stapes.


mid 17th century: from Latin, literally 'anvil'.

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