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[tim-pan-ik] /tɪmˈpæn ɪk/
pertaining or belonging to a tympanum.
Origin of tympanic
1800-10; tympan(um) + -ic
Related forms
posttympanic, adjective
pretympanic, adjective Unabridged
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  • Also called the tympanic membrane grave: noun: specific place where a body is buried.
  • Those oscillations exerted pressure onto the tympanic membrane in your ears.
  • At the receiving end, the outer ears collect the waves' energy, causing vibrations in the tympanic membrane-the eardrum.
  • Otoscopy was repeated, revealing both tympanic membranes to be free of cerumen, intact and in excellent condition.
  • Over the years she has developed a tympanic vocabulary to communicate: if her food bowl is empty, she clunks it on the floor.
British Dictionary definitions for tympanic


(anatomy, architect) of, relating to, or having a tympanum
of, relating to, or resembling a drumhead
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Word Origin and History for tympanic

1808, from tympanum + -ic.

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tympanic in Medicine

tympanic tym·pan·ic (tĭm-pān'ĭk)

  1. Relating to or resembling a drum of the ear.

  2. or tym·pa·nal (tĭm'pə-nəl) Of or relating to the tympanic cavity or membrane.

  3. Resonant.

  4. Tympanitic.

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