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Pronunciation: sta'pez, sta'pe-dez

Definition: The smallest of the three auditory ossicles; its base, or footpiece, fits into the vestibular (oval) window, whereas its head is articulated with the lenticular process of the long limb of the incus.

Synonym(s): stirrup

[Mod. L. stirrup]

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