noun, plural sta·pes, sta·pe·des [stuh-pee-deez] /stəˈpi diz/. Anatomy.
- stapes-mobilization operation,
Origin of stapes
Examples from the Web for stapes
In the Carnivora vera the incus and stapes are small as compared with the malleus, but in the Pinnipedia they are large.The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
Laterally the stapes carries a short, broad process that probably made contact with a dorsally placed tympanic membrane.
The third ear-ossicle of mammals, the stapes, comes not from the first arch but from the second.Form and Function|E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
The bone that we take to be the stapes is blunt, flattened (perhaps by crushing), 5.0 mm.
The stapes apparently reaches the quadrate, and could therefore serve in hyostylic suspension of the upper jaw.
noun plural stapes or stapedes (stæˈpiːdiːz)
Word Origin for stapes
"stirrup bone in the middle ear," 1660s, from Modern Latin (1560s), special use of Medieval Latin stapes "stirrup," probably an alteration of Late Latin stapia, related to stare "to stand" + pedem, accusative of pes "foot" (see foot). So called because the bone is shaped like a stirrup. This was an invented Medieval Latin word for "stirrup," for which there was no classical Latin word, as the ancients did not use stirrups.