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ossicle

Definitions of ossicle
  1. noun
    a small bone; especially one in the middle ear
    synonyms: bonelet, ossiculum
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    auditory ossicle
    ossicles of the middle ear that transmit acoustic vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear
    hammer, malleus
    the ossicle attached to the eardrum
    anvil, incus
    the ossicle between the malleus and the stapes
    stapes, stirrup
    the stirrup-shaped ossicle that transmits sound from the incus to the cochlea
    type of:
    bone, os
    rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
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