stapedius

[ stā-pēdē-əs ]

n.

A muscle with origin from the internal walls of the pyramidal eminence in the tympanic cavity of the ear, with insertion into the neck of the stapes, with nerve supply from the facial nerve, and whose action draws the head of the stapes backward.

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