staped/o, stapedi/o (22/24)

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staped/o or stapedi/o is a combining form that refers to “stapes (middle ear bone)”.

Together with the malleus and incus, the stapes forms the middle ear. They are together known as auditory ossicles. Their primary function is to transmit sound from the tympanic membrane to the middle ear. Among the bones in the human body, the stapes is the tiniest and lightest bone.