eardrum [ eer-druhm ] SHOW IPA / ˈɪərˌdrʌm / PHONETIC RESPELLING Origin of eardrum
First recorded in
1635–45; ear 1
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Word Origin and History for eardrum n.
ear (n.1) + drum (n.).
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Medicine definitions for eardrum n. The thin, semitransparent, oval-shaped membrane that separates the middle ear from the external ear. drum drumhead drum membrane myringa myrinx tympanic membrane tympanum
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Science definitions for eardrum The thin, oval-shaped membrane that separates the middle ear from the outer ear. It vibrates in response to sound waves, which are then transmitted to the ossicles of the middle ear. Also called tympanic membrane
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Culture definitions for eardrum
The membrane that divides the
outer ear from the middle ear. The vibrations of this membrane in response to sound waves lead to the sensation of hearing. Also called the tympanic membrane.
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