middle ear

middle ear
noun Date: 1808 a small membrane-lined cavity that is separated from the outer ear by the eardrum and that transmits sound waves from the eardrum to the partition between the middle and inner ears through a chain of tiny bones

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  • middle ear — n. the part of the ear including the tympanic membrane and the adjacent cavity containing the three small bones (hammer, anvil, and stirrup) that transmit the vibrations of the tympanic membrane to the inner ear: see EAR1 …   English World dictionary

  • middle ear — n [singular] the part just inside your ear …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • middle ear — noun singular the part of your ear that is between the outer part that you can see and the EARDRUM …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • middle ear — ► NOUN ▪ the air filled central cavity of the ear, behind the eardrum …   English terms dictionary

  • Middle ear — There are three sections of the ear. They are the external ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. The middle ear consists of the ear drum (the tympanum or tympanic membrane) and, beyond it, a cavity. This cavity is connected via a canal (the… …   Medical dictionary

  • middle ear — noun the main cavity of the ear; between the eardrum and the inner ear • Syn: ↑tympanic cavity, ↑tympanum • Hypernyms: ↑cavity, ↑bodily cavity, ↑cavum • Part Holonyms: ↑audi …   Useful english dictionary

  • middle ear — tympanic cavity the part of the ear that consists of an air filled space within the petrous part of the temporal bone. It is lined with mucous membrane and is connected to the pharynx by the Eustachian tube and to the outer ear by the eardrum… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • middle ear — mid′dle ear′ n. anat. the middle portion of the ear consisting of the eardrum and an air filled chamber lined with mucous membrane that contains the malleus, incus, and stapes • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • middle ear — noun The cavity in the temporal bone between the eardrum and the inner ear that contains the ossicles, and which conveys sound to the cochlea. Syn: auris media, tympanum See Also: inner ear, outer ear …   Wiktionary

  • middle ear — /mɪdl ˈɪə/ (say midl ear) noun the section of the ear recessed into the temporal bone, lying between the inner ear and the eardrum and containing the three ossicles which join them; tympanum …   Australian English dictionary

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