noun, plural sta·pes, sta·pe·des [stuh-pee-deez] /stəˈpi diz/. Anatomy.
Origin of stapes
Related formssta·pe·di·al [stuh-pee-dee-uh l] /stəˈpi di əl/, adjective
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.