tympanic membrane

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tympanic membrane

n.

tympanic membrane

n
(Anatomy) anatomy 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

ear•drum

(ˈɪərˌdrʌm)

n.
a membrane in the ear canal between the external ear and the middle ear; tympanic membrane.
[1635–45]

tym·pan·ic membrane

(tĭm-păn′ĭk)

tympanic membrane

(or eardrum) A membrane between the external and middle ear.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tympanic membrane - the membrane in the ear that vibrates to soundtympanic membrane - the membrane in the ear that vibrates to sound
ear - the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium
perforated eardrum - an eardrum with a hole or tear in it; can interfere with normal hearing and cause other ear problems
umbo - a slight rounded elevation where the malleus attaches to the eardrum
tissue layer, membrane - a pliable sheet of tissue that covers or lines or connects the organs or cells of animals or plants