noun, plural stapes, stapedes
[stuh-pee-deez] /stəˈpi diz/ (Show IPA). Anatomy.
the innermost, stirrup-shaped bone of a chain of three small bones in the middle ear of humans and other mammals, involved in the conduction of sound vibrations to the inner ear.
Also called stirrup.
Compare incus (def 1), malleus.
noun (pl) stapes, stapedes (stæˈpiːdiːz)
the stirrup-shaped bone that is the innermost of three small bones in the middle ear of mammals Nontechnical name stirrup bone Compare incus, malleus
stapes sta·pes (stā’pēz)
n. pl. stapes or sta·pe·des (stā’pĭ-dēz’)
The smallest of the three auditory ossicles, whose base fits into the oval window and whose head is articulated with the lenticular process of the long limb of the incus. Also called stirrup.
Plural stapes or stapedes (stā’pĭ-dēz’)
The roughly stirrup-shaped bone that is the innermost of the three small bones (ossicles) of the middle ear.
- Stapes-mobilization operation
stapes-mobilization operation n. An operation involving the fracture of tissue that has immobilized the stapes; it is performed to restore hearing, especially in patients with otosclerosis.
noun, Informal. 1. staphylococcus. staph (stāf) n. Staphylococcus. staph adj. staph staphylococcus
staphylectomy staph·y·lec·to·my (stāf’ə-lěk’tə-mē) n. See uvulectomy.
staphyledema staph·yl·e·de·ma (stāf’ə-lĭ-dē’mə) n. Edema of the uvula.