any of various plants of the genus Stapelia, of the milkweed family, native to southern Africa, having short, fleshy, leafless stems, and flowers that are oddly colored or mottled and in most species emit a fetid, carrionlike odor.
any fleshy cactus-like leafless African plant of the asclepiadaceous genus Stapelia, having thick four-angled stems and large typically fetid mottled flowers
noun, plural stapes, stapedes [stuh-pee-deez] /stəˈpi diz/ (Show IPA). Anatomy. 1. 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) […]
- 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.