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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Examples from the Web for incus
The stapes forms a close connection with the hammer and the incus.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
The short limb of the incus is broad at the base and tapers distally.
The long limb of the incus is angular and longer than that of Zapus.
The incus, or anvil-bone, may be formed from part of Meckel's cartilage.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)
David Starr Jordan
The incus is articulated, or often fused, with an outgrowth from the head of the malleus.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
C17: from Latin: anvil, from incūdere to forge
Word Origin and History for incus
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 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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