pl. 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 stap&emacron;s, stap&emacron;d-, from Medieval Latin, stirrup, perhaps alteration (influenced by Latin stare, to stand, and p&emacron;s, ped-, foot) of staffa, stapha, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English stæpe, stepe, step.
From Late Latin stapÄ“s (“stirrup").