noun \ˈtim-pə-nəm\
plural tym·pa·na\-nə\ also tym·pa·nums

Definition of TYMPANUM

a (1) :  tympanic membrane (2) :  middle ear
b :  a thin tense membrane covering an organ of hearing of an insect — see insect illustration
c :  a membranous resonator in a sound-producing organ
a :  the recessed usually triangular face of a pediment within the frame made by the upper and lower cornices
b :  the space within an arch and above a lintel or a subordinate arch

Illustration of TYMPANUM

Origin of TYMPANUM

Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin, eardrum, from Latin, drum, architectural panel, from Greek tympanon drum, kettledrum; perhaps akin to Greek typtein to beat
First Known Use: 1619

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral


noun \ˈtim-pə-nəm\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural tym·pa·na \-nə\ also tym·pa·nums

Medical Definition of TYMPANUM


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