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tympanic

[tim-pan-ik]
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adjective
  1. pertaining or belonging to a tympanum.
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Origin of tympanic

First recorded in 1800–10; tympan(um) + -ic
Related formspost·tym·pan·ic, adjectivepre·tym·pan·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tympanic

Historical Examples

  • Inflation of the tympanic bullae is thought to be a specialization.

    Speciation in the Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys ordii

    Henry W. Setzer

  • There is no tympanic cavity or auditory ossicle in relation to the ear.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The tympanic is small and never fused to the bones of the cranium.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • In Dasypus and Chlamydophorus the tympanic bulla is well ossified.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The tympanic bulla is better developed in the Tragulina than in most Ungulates.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for tympanic

tympanic

adjective
  1. anatomy architect of, relating to, or having a tympanum
  2. of, relating to, or resembling a drumhead
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Word Origin and History for tympanic

adj.

1808, from tympanum + -ic.

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tympanic in Medicine

tympanic

(tĭm-pănĭk)
adj.
  1. Relating to or resembling a drum of the ear.
  2. or tym•pa•nal (tĭmpə-nəl) Of or relating to the tympanic cavity or membrane.
  3. Resonant.
  4. Tympanitic.
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