the middle portion of the ear, consisting of the tympanic membrane and an air-filled chamber lined with mucous membrane, that contains the malleus, incus, and stapes.
- Compare ear1 (def. 1).
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How to use middle ear in a sentence
One of the bones around the spiracles of early vertebrates eventually became the stapes in the middle ear of humans and other present-day animals.This ancient fish-crocodile mashup snared its prey using a key adaptation | Kate Baggaley | February 3, 2021 | Popular-Science
The staphylococcus, bacillus of Friedlnder, colon bacillus, and Bacillus pyocyaneus may be met in chronic middle-ear disease.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Hearing defects usually arise from catarrhal trouble in the middle ear.The Science of Human Nature | William Henry Pyle
They are nearly all due to catarrhal infection of the middle ear through the Eustachian tube.The Science of Human Nature | William Henry Pyle
The middle ear contains three bones that convey the vibrations of the tympanum to the internal ear.Physics | Willis Eugene Tower
In either sex arrested development of the face, middle ear, and palate often coexists with these supernumerary breasts.Degeneracy | Eugene S. Talbot
British Dictionary definitions for middle ear
the sound-conducting part of the ear, containing the malleus, incus, and stapes
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Scientific definitions for middle ear
The part of the ear in most mammals that contains the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and the three ossicles (malleus, incus, and stapes) which transmit sound vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear. See more at ear1.
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Cultural definitions for middle ear
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