nounpl. sta′pes· or sta·pe′des·
Anat. a small, stirrup-shaped bone, the innermost of a chain of three bones in the middle ear of mammals; stirrup
Origin of stapesModern Latin from ML, a stirrup, probably from Gmc, as in Middle Dutch stap, a step, Langobardic staffa, step, stirrup
nounpl. stapes, or sta·pe·des
The innermost of the three small bones of the middle ear, shaped somewhat like a stirrup. Also called stirrup .
Origin of stapesNew Latin stapēs stapēd- from Medieval Latin stirrup perhaps alteration ( influenced by Latin stāre to stand ) ( and pēs, ped- foot ) of staffa, stapha of Germanic origin akin to Old English stæpe, stepe step
From Late Latin stapÄ“s (“stirrup").