[os-i-kuh l]


a small bone.

Origin of ossicle

1570–80; < Latin ossiculum, equivalent to ossi- (combining form of os) bone + -culum -cle1
Related formsos·sic·u·lar [o-sik-yuh-ler] /ɒˈsɪk yə lər/, os·sic·u·late [o-sik-yuh-lit] /ɒˈsɪk yə lɪt/, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ossicle

Historical Examples of ossicle

  • A vertical section of an ossicle presents exactly the same features as the horizontal section now described.

British Dictionary definitions for ossicle



a small bone, esp one of those in the middle ear
Derived Formsossicular (ɒˈsɪkjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for ossicle

C16: from Latin ossiculum, from os bone
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

Word Origin and History for ossicle

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ossicle in Medicine




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.bonelet
Related formsos•sicu•lar (ŏ-sĭkyə-lər) null adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

ossicle in Science



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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.