the central one of the three small bones in the middle ear: it is shaped somewhat like an anvil
Origin of incusModern Latin from L, anvil from incusus: see incuse
- An anvil-shaped bone between the malleus and the stapes in the mammalian middle ear. Also called anvil .
- A thunderhead.
Origin of incusLatin incūs incūd- anvil from incūsus past participle of incūdere to forge with a hammer in- intensive pref. ; see in- 2. cūdere to beat, forge ; see kau- in Indo-European roots.
- U.S. Inc, usnic
From Latin incūs (“anvil”).