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Dictionary Definition

incus n : the ossicle between the malleus and the stapes [syn: anvil] [also: incudes (pl)]

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  1. A small anvil-shaped bone in the middle ear.



Extensive Definition

For the record label, see Incus Records.
The incus or anvil is the anvil-shaped small bone or ossicle in the middle ear. It connects the malleus to the stapes. It was first described by Alessandro Achillin of Bologna.
The incus transmits sound vibrations from the malleus to the stapes.
The incus only exists in mammals, and is derived from a reptilian upper jaw bone, the quadrate bone.

Additional images

’s cartilage and hyoid bar exposed. Image:Illu auditory ossicles.jpg|Ossicles


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