noun, plural in·cu·des [in-kyoo-deez] /ɪnˈkyu diz/ for 1; in·cus for 2.
- Anatomy. the middle one of a chain of three small bones in the middle ear of humans and other mammals.Compare malleus, stapes.
- Also called anvil, anvil cloud, anvil top, thunderhead. the spreading, anvil-shaped, upper portion of a mature cumulonimbus cloud, smooth or slightly fibrous in appearance.
noun plural incudes (ɪnˈkjuːdiːz)
- the central of the three small bones in the middle ear of mammalsNontechnical name: anvil Compare malleus, stapes
ear bone, 1660s, from Latin incus “anvil,” from incudere “to forge with a hammer.” So called by Belgian anatomist Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564).
- Relating to the incus.
n. pl. in•cu•des (ĭng-kyōō′dēz)
- The middle of the three ossicles in the middle ear, located between the malleus and the stapes and composed of a body and two limbs.anvil
Plural incudes (ĭng-kyōō′dēz)
- The anvil-shaped bone (ossicle) that lies between the malleus and the stapes in the middle ear.
- The elongated, often anvil-shaped upper portion of a fully developed cumulonimbus cloud; a thunderhead.