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ossicle

[ os-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈɒs ɪ kəl /
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noun
a small bone.
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Origin of ossicle

1570–80; <Latin ossiculum, equivalent to ossi- (combining form of os) bone + -culum-cle1

OTHER WORDS FROM ossicle

os·sic·u·lar [o-sik-yuh-ler], /ɒˈsɪk yə lər/, os·sic·u·late [o-sik-yuh-lit], /ɒˈsɪk yə lɪt/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ossicle

ossicle
/ (ˈɒsɪkəl) /

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

Derived forms of ossicle

ossicular (ɒˈsɪkjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for ossicle

C16: from Latin ossiculum, from os bone
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Scientific definitions for ossicle

ossicle
[ ŏsĭ-kəl ]

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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