• WordNet 3.6
    • n incus the ossicle between the malleus and the stapes
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Incus An anvil.
    • Incus (Anat) One of the small bones in the tympanum of the ear; the anvil bone. See Ear.
    • Incus (Zoöl) The central portion of the armature of the pharynx in the Rotifera.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n incus In zoology and anatomy: One of the bones of the inner (middle) ear of a mammal: so named from its fancied resemblance to an anvil. It is the middle one of the chain of bones, or ossicula auditus, the other two being the malleus and the stapes. The human incus strikingly resembles a bicuspid tooth; it has a body and two processes, short and long, diverging from each other at nearly a right angle. The long process ends in a small globular head, the orbicular or lenticular process, tipped with cartilage and articulated with the head of the stapes. The body of the incus articulates with the malleus. Both articulations are movable. The lenticular process exists as a separate ossification in early life. In vertebrates below mammals the homologies of the incus are much disputed, and different bones or cartilages have been taken as its representative, especially those which constitute a proximal element of the hyoidean arch. See ear, and cut under tympanic.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Incus in′kus one of the bones in the tympanum or middle ear, so called from its fancied resemblance to an anvil
    • ***


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., anvil
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., an anvil.


In literature:

Two of the ear-bones (malleus and incus), enlarged 239 63.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills
The middle segment becomes in mammals the incus (one of the ear-ossicles), and in birds the quadrate.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
A chain of small bones, the malleus (m.), the incus (i.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
Behind the malleus the long process of the incus may be visible through the membrane.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
This bone is early matured, and in the adult it becomes united with the incus.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
It will thus be seen that the stapes lies nearly at right angles to the long process of the incus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various
The body of the incus is round and the short process is elongate.
"Speciation and Evolution of the Pygmy Mice, Genus Baiomys" by Robert L. Packard
The short limb of the incus is broad basally and narrows somewhat distally.
"North American Jumping Mice (Genus Zapus)" by Philip H. Krutzsch

In news:

Incus augmentation with glass ionomer cement in primary and revision stapes surgery.
Despite the fact that the patient's incus was dislocated into the external auditory canal while remaining attached to the stapes, his hearing was not affected and remained nearly normal.
Incus augmentation with glass ionomer cement in primary and revision stapes surgery.
Grading incuse Indians a challenge.
On last year's superb Xylophonen Virtuosen (Incus), a collection of improvised duets with guitarist Jim O'Rourke, Swedish reedist Mats Gustafsson counters his partner's fractured acoustic fingerpicking with garrulous huffs, growls, and pops.