temporal bone

noun Anatomy, Zoology.
either of a pair of thick compound bones forming the part of the skull that encases the inner ear.

Origin:
1765–75

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temporal bone
 
n
either of two compound bones forming part of the sides and base of the skull: they surround the organs of hearing

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temporal bone n.
Either of a pair of compound bones forming the sides and base of the skull.

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The middle ear or tympanic cavity is an irregular, laterally compressed space within the temporal bone.
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