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Descriptions of Stapes

Stapes: the stirrup-shaped ossicle that transmits sound from the incus to the cochlea
Source: WordNet 2.1

Summary Information: Stapes

Stapes: The stapes is one of three kinds of auditory bones, specialized bones that are located in the middle ear. The stapes is shaped like a stirrup and receives auditory vibrations from the incus. It then transmits them through the oval window into the inner ear.

Sound waves travel through the outer ear, into the middle ear where they cause vibration of the tympanic membrane. These vibrations are then transmitted through the auditory bones and into the cochlea of the inner ear. In the inner ear, sound vibrations are converted into electrical impulses and carried by the 8th cranial nerve to the brain.

Conditions that can afflict the stapes include otitis media, strep infection, and trauma.

Closely Related Organs: Stapes

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Conditions Afflicting Organs: Stapes

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Other Names: Stapes

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Symptoms Related to Afflictions of: Stapes

These symptoms are related to afflictions of the organ: Stapes:

  • Ear pain
  • Tugging at ear in small children
  • Fever
  • Drainage of fluid or pus from ear
  • Decreased hearing
  • Feeling of pressure in ear

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