ossicle

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ossicle

[′äs·ə·kəl]
(anatomy)
Any of certain small bones, as those of the middle ear.
(invertebrate zoology)
Any of various calcareous bodies.
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The role of practice is especially significant in mastoidectomy as the surgeon is working in the immediate vicinity of minute, multifaceted and delicate structures such as auditory ossicles, lamellar bone, blood vessels and nerves.
For example, modification of the bones of the jaw in fish resulted in the development of auditory ossicles and a newly formed middle ear in what eventually became humans.
Rather, to stimulate the tiny bones in the middle ear, the Soundbridge converts sound into mechanical energy that is directly transferred to the auditory ossicles.