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Bone: Incus
Left incus. A. From within. B. From the front.
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Auditory tube, laid open by a cut in its long axis.
Gray's subject #231 1044
MeSH A09.246.397.247.362


The incus or anvil is the anvil-shaped small bone or ossicle in the middle ear. It connects the malleus to the stapes. It was first described by Alessandro Achillin of Bologna.

The incus only exists in mammals, and is derived from a reptilian upper jaw bone, the quadrate bone.

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