As nouns the difference between swapes and stapes
is that swapes
is while stapes
is (skeleton) a small stirrup-shaped bone of the middle ear.
(skeleton) A small stirrup-shaped bone of the middle ear.
* 2010 , Elaine N. Marieb & Katja Hoehn, Human Anatomy & Physiology , 8th edition, page 576
- The tympanic cavity is spanned by the three smallest bones in the body: the auditory ossicles These bones, named for their shape, are the malleus (mal?e-us; "hammer"); the incus (ing?kus; "anvil"); and the stapes' (sta?p?z; "stirrup"). The "handle" of the malleus is secured to the eardrum, and the base of the ' stapes fits into the oval window.
* (bone in the middle ear) stirrup