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.
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tympanic bone

n
(Anatomy) anatomy the part of the temporal bone in the mammalian skull that surrounds the auditory canal
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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References in periodicals archive ?
Osteomas of the temporal bone are rare tumors that are mostly observed in the external auditory canal, arising from the tympanic bone. They are of unknown origin.
Dislocation of bilateral condyles posteriorly, occluding the external auditory canal, caused a fracture of the anterior plate of the tympanic bone.