- a plural of incus.
Origin of incus
1660–70; < New Latin, Latin incūs anvil, equivalent to incūd- (stem of incūdere to hammer, beat upon) + -s nominative singular ending; see incuse
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- the plural of incus
Word Origin for incus
C17: from Latin: anvil, from incūdere to forge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
ear bone, 1660s, from Latin incus "anvil," from incudere "to forge with a hammer." So called by Belgian anatomist Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The middle of the three ossicles in the middle ear, located between the malleus and the stapes and composed of a body and two limbs.anvil
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
- The anvil-shaped bone (ossicle) that lies between the malleus and the stapes in the middle ear.
- The elongated, often anvil-shaped upper portion of a fully developed cumulonimbus cloud; a thunderhead.
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