tympanic bone


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tympanic bone

n.
The part of the temporal bone of the skull that partially encloses the middle ear and supports the eardrum.

tympanic bone

n
(Anatomy) anatomy the part of the temporal bone in the mammalian skull that surrounds the auditory canal

tympan′ic bone′


n.
(in mammals) a bone of the skull, supporting the tympanic membrane and enclosing part of the middle ear.
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Noun1.tympanic bone - the bone enclosing the middle eartympanic bone - the bone enclosing the middle ear  
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
os temporale, temporal bone - a thick bone forming the side of the human cranium and encasing the inner ear
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Dislocation of bilateral condyles posteriorly, occluding the external auditory canal, caused a fracture of the anterior plate of the tympanic bone.
Also, a temporalis fascia or a split-thickness skin graft can be used to cover the exposed tympanic bone.
Also of interest is the tympanic bone, a part of the skull that surrounds the ear drum.