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 inc&umacron;s, inc&umacron;d-, anvil, from inc&umacron;sus, past participle of inc&umacron;dere, to forge with a hammer : in-, intensive pref.; see in–2 + c&umacron;dere, to beat, forge; see kau- in Indo-European roots.
- U.S. Inc, usnic
From Latin incūs (“anvil”).