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tympanic membrane

noun, Anatomy, Zoology
1855-60 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tympanic membrane
  • Also called the tympanic membrane grave: noun: specific place where a body is buried.
  • At the receiving end, the outer ears collect the waves' energy, causing vibrations in the tympanic membrane-the eardrum.
  • Those oscillations exerted pressure onto the tympanic membrane in your ears.
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 cochlea Also called tympanum Nontechnical name eardrum
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tympanic membrane in Medicine

tympanic membrane n.
See eardrum.

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tympanic membrane in Science
tympanic membrane
See eardrum.
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Encyclopedia Article for tympanic membrane


membrane in the human ear that receives sound vibrations from the outer air and transmits them to the auditory ossicles, which are tiny bones in the tympanic (middle ear) cavity. It also serves as the lateral wall of the tympanic cavity, separating it from the external auditory canal. The membrane lies across the end of the external canal and looks like a flattened cone with its tip (apex) pointed inward. The edges are attached to a ring of bone, the tympanic annulus.

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