ear·​drum | \ ˈir-ˌdrəm How to pronounce eardrum (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Such infections can lead to a build up of fluid and debris behind the eardrum. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2021 Such infections can lead to a build up of fluid and debris behind the eardrum. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Mar. 2021 The Vikings languished at U.S. Bank Stadium, going 3-5 without 66,860 eardrum-rattling fans. Jeff Day, Star Tribune, 13 Mar. 2021 Most frogs have their eardrums on the surface of their skin—which combative frogs sometimes exploit by trying to damage a rival’s eardrum during fights. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Mar. 2021 There would be extensive fatalities outside that circle too, with survivors frequently suffering skull fractures, eardrum failures, severe lacerations, radiation poisoning and/or burns. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 Hoping to use the body’s dormant stem cells to combat disease, the biotech has developed an experimental drug that would be injected through the eardrum into the middle ear, a fairly routine procedure. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Feb. 2021 In particular, the various tissues of the head attenuate higher frequencies, weakening the top notes of sound waves that have passed to an eardrum through the skull compared with those from the same source that have arrived directly through the air. The Economist, 16 Dec. 2020 Before sunrise one overcast morning in 2018, a woman sat in the parking lot of a Juneau urgent care clinic, her head ringing from a ruptured eardrum. Anchorage Daily News, 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of eardrum

1645, in the meaning defined above

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“Eardrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eardrum. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eardrum

: a thin, tightly stretched piece of tissue in the ear that vibrates when sound waves hit it


ear·​drum | \ ˈir-ˌdrəm How to pronounce eardrum (audio) \

Kids Definition of eardrum

: the membrane that separates the outer and middle parts of the ear and vibrates when sound waves strike it


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