tympanic membrane

noun Anatomy, Zoology.

Nearby words

  1. tympanic bone,
  2. tympanic canal,
  3. tympanic cavity,
  4. tympanic ganglion,
  5. tympanic incisure,
  6. tympanic nerve,
  7. tympanic notch,
  8. tympanic opening of auditory tube,
  9. tympanic plate,
  10. tympanic plexus

Origin of tympanic membrane

First recorded in 1855–60

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British Dictionary definitions for tympanic membrane

tympanic membrane


the thin translucent oval membrane separating the external ear from the middle ear. It transmits vibrations produced by sound waves, via the ossicles, to the cochleaAlso called: tympanum Nontechnical name: eardrum
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Medicine definitions for tympanic membrane

tympanic membrane



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Science definitions for tympanic membrane

tympanic membrane


See eardrum.
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