noun, plural in·cu·des [in-kyoo-deez] /ɪnˈkyu diz/ for 1; in·cus for 2.

  1. Anatomy. the middle one of a chain of three small bones in the middle ear of humans and other mammals.Compare malleus, stapes.
  2. 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)

  1. 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).


  1. Relating to the incus.

n. pl. in•cu•des (ĭng-kyōōdēz)

  1. 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-kyōōdēz)

  1. The anvil-shaped bone (ossicle) that lies between the malleus and the stapes in the middle ear.
  2. The elongated, often anvil-shaped upper portion of a fully developed cumulonimbus cloud; a thunderhead.

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