Incus definition

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An anvil-shaped bone between the malleus and the stapes in the mammalian middle ear.
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A thunderhead.
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The central one of the three small bones in the middle ear: it is shaped somewhat like an anvil.
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An anvil-shaped bone between the malleus and the stapes in the mammalian middle ear.
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The anvil-shaped bone (ossicle) that lies between the malleus and the stapes in the middle ear.
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The elongated, often anvil-shaped upper portion of a fully developed cumulonimbus cloud; a thunderhead.
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(anatomy) A small anvil-shaped bone in the middle ear.
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(meteorology) An accessory cloud, in the shape of an anvil which forms by spreading at the top of a cumulonimbus.
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Noun

Singular:
incus
Plural:
incudes

Origin of incus

  • Latin incūs incūd- anvil from incūsus past participle of incūdere to forge with a hammer in- intensive pref. in–2 cūdere to beat, forge kau- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin incūs (“anvil”).

    From Wiktionary