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stapes

[ stey-peez ]
/ ˈsteɪ piz /
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noun, plural sta·pes, sta·pe·des [stuh-pee-deez]. /stəˈpi diz/. Anatomy.
the innermost, stirrup-shaped bone of a chain of three small bones in the middle ear of humans and other mammals, involved in the conduction of sound vibrations to the inner ear.
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Also called stirrup .

Origin of stapes

First recorded in 1660–70; from New Latin stapēs, Medieval Latin: “stirrup,” perhaps etymologizing alteration of Italian staffa “stirrup” (from Germanic ) by association with Latin stāre “to stand,” and pēs, stem ped- “foot”; see foot

OTHER WORDS FROM stapes

sta·pe·di·al [stuh-pee-dee-uhl], /stəˈpi di əl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stapes

stapes
/ (ˈsteɪpiːz) /

noun plural stapes or stapedes (stæˈpiːdiːz)
the stirrup-shaped bone that is the innermost of three small bones in the middle ear of mammalsNontechnical name: stirrup bone Compare incus, malleus

Derived forms of stapes

stapedial (stæˈpiːdɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for stapes

C17: via New Latin from Medieval Latin, perhaps a variant of staffa, stapeda stirrup, influenced in form by Latin stāre to stand + pēs a foot
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Scientific definitions for stapes

stapes
[ stāpēz ]

Plural stapes stapedes (stāpĭ-dēz′)
The roughly stirrup-shaped bone that is the innermost of the three small bones (ossicles) of the middle ear.
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