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[os-i-kuh l] /ˈɒs ɪ kəl/

a small bone.
a small bone, esp one of those in the middle ear

1570s, from Latin ossiculum, diminutive of os “bone” (see osseous).

ossicle os·si·cle (ŏs’ĭ-kəl)
A small bone, especially one of the three bones of the middle ear that are articulated in a manner that forms a chain for transmitting sound from the tympanic membrane to the oval window. Also called bonelet.
os·sic’u·lar (ŏ-sĭk’yə-lər) or os·sic’u·late (-lĭt) adj.
A small bone, especially one of the three located in the middle ear (the incus, malleus, and stapes) that transmit sound vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear.


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  • Ossiculectomy

    ossiculectomy os·sic·u·lec·to·my (ŏ-sĭk’yə-lěk’tə-mē) n. Surgical removal of the ossicles of the middle ear.

  • Ossiculotomy

    ossiculotomy os·si·cu·lot·o·my (ŏ-sĭk’yə-lŏt’ə-mē) n. Surgical division of an ossicle of the middle ear or of a fibrous band causing ankylosis between two ossicles.

  • Ossiculum

    ossiculum os·sic·u·lum (ŏ-sĭk’yə-ləm) n. pl. os·sic·u·la (-lə) A small bone; an ossicle.

  • Ossie

    /ˈɒzɪ/ adjective, noun 1. a variant spelling of Aussie

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