Tympanic membrane

Tympanic membrane
Tympanic Tym*pan"ic (?; 277), a. [See {Tympanum}.] 1. Like a tympanum or drum; acting like a drumhead; as, a tympanic membrane. [1913 Webster]

2. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the tympanum. [1913 Webster]

{Tympanic bone} (Anat.), a bone of the skull which incloses a part of the tympanum and supports the tympanic membrane.

{Tympanic membrane}. (Anat.) See the Note under {Ear}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • tympanic membrane — n. a thin membrane that separates the middle ear from the external ear and vibrates when struck by sound waves; eardrum …   English World dictionary

  • tympanic membrane — Anat., Zool. eardrum. See diag. under ear. [1855 60] * * * ▪ anatomy also called eardrum,   membrane in the human ear that receives sound vibrations from the outer air and transmits them to the auditory ossicles, which are tiny bones in the… …   Universalium

  • Tympanic membrane — Just the ear drum. * * * tympanic membrane n a thin membrane separating the middle ear from the inner part of the external auditory canal that vibrates in response to sound energy and transmits the resulting mechanical vibrations to the… …   Medical dictionary

  • tympanic membrane — eardrum the membrane at the inner end of the external auditory meatus, separating the outer and middle ears. It is formed from the outer wall of the lining of the tympanic cavity and the skin that lines the external auditory meatus. When sound… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • tympanic membrane — noun the membrane in the ear that vibrates to sound • Syn: ↑eardrum, ↑tympanum, ↑myringa • Hypernyms: ↑membrane, ↑tissue layer • Hyponyms: ↑perforated eardrum …   Useful english dictionary

  • tympanic membrane — noun Date: 1855 a thin membrane that closes externally the cavity of the middle ear and functions in the mechanical reception of sound waves and in their transmission to the site of sensory reception called also eardrum see ear illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tympanic membrane — ear drum, membrane in the ear that vibrates in reaction to sound …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tympanic membrane — /tɪmˌpænɪk ˈmɛmbreɪn/ (say tim.panik membrayn) noun a membrane separating the tympanum or middle ear from the passage of the external ear; the eardrum …   Australian English dictionary

  • tympanic membrane — noun eardrum …   Wiktionary

  • tympanic membrane — tympan′ic mem′brane n. anat. zool. eardrum • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

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