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n. pl. in·cu·des (ĭng-kyo͞o′dēz)
1. An anvil-shaped bone between the malleus and the stapes in the mammalian middle ear. Also called anvil.
2. A thunderhead.
n, pl incudes (ɪnˈkjuːdiːz)
[C17: from Latin: anvil, from incūdere to forge]
incudate, incudal adj
n., pl. in•cu•des (ɪnˈkyu diz)
the middle bone of the chain of three small bones in the middle ear of mammals..Also called anvil.
[1660–70; < New Latin, Latin incūs anvil =incud-, s. of incūdere; see incuse]
in′cu•date` (-kyəˌdeɪt, -dɪt) in′cu•dal, adj.
One of the three small bones, called ossicles, in the middle ear. The incus is also called the anvil.
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|Noun||1.||incus - the ossicle between the malleus and the stapes|
auditory ossicle - ossicles of the middle ear that transmit acoustic vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear