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Any one of the small bones found in the middle ear of most mammals. The ossicles are the malleus (hammer), incus (anvil), and stapes (stirrup). Vibrations of the eardrum (tympanum) are picked up by the malleus, amplified by the movement of the incus, and passed on to the stapes, which connects with the oval window in the cochlea of the inner ear.


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