noun, plural sta·pes, sta·pe·des [stuh-pee-deez] /stəˈpi diz/. Anatomy.
Origin of stapes
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Historical Examples of stapes
The stapes forms a close connection with the hammer and the incus.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
The limbs of the stapes are narrow, weak, and abruptly curved.North American Jumping Mice (Genus Zapus)
Philip H. Krutzsch
Priodon has a lower type of stapes than Dasypus and Tatusia.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
Even then it may be anatomically impossible to see the stapes.
The base of the stapes communicates 723 pressures to the utricle.
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.