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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 and periotic are ankylosed together, but not to any other bones.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The tympanic and periotic are both small and are fused together.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

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

    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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