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

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Recent Examples on the Web Like putting too much air in a balloon, this can rupture the eardrum and dislodge the tiny bones connecting it to the inner ear. Michael Ciaglo, National Geographic, "From tear gas to rubber bullets, here’s what ‘nonlethal’ weapons can do to the body," 5 June 2020 Otitis externa, or swimmer’s ear, is an inflammation of the outer part of the ear canal, which runs from the opening of the ear to the eardrum. Jacob E. Osterhout, New York Times, "5 Childhood Conditions That Don’t Require a Trip to the E.R.," 18 Apr. 2020 With more than 15,000 followers on Twitter, City Girl’s woozy, soothing electro-acoustic tracks, mostly instrumental, vibrate at a frequency that seems to entangle eardrums. Los Angeles Times, "Here are 5 awesome L.A. artists to support during Bandcamp’s COVID-19 initiative," 1 May 2020 Doctors finally determined that tubes would need to be surgically inserted into Noah’s eardrums to allow the fluid to drain. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Coronavirus in Oregon: Patients wait for care as doctors cancel thousands of non-emergency procedures," 7 Apr. 2020 When noise hits our eardrums, tiny hairs convert it into an electric signal, which travels through the auditory nerve to the temporal lobe. Popular Science, "This is why you mishear popular song lyrics," 23 Jan. 2020 The male Togo slippery frog’s eardrums are also larger than females’, which is unusual for frogs. National Geographic, "Togo slippery frog," 2 Mar. 2020 Fossils of auditory bones had supported this conclusion as well, but eardrums do not fossilize and so could not be examined directly. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "A 100-Year Debate about the Eardrum Comes to an End," 1 July 2015 Unlike many other frogs, its eardrums are not visible on its head. National Geographic, "Togo slippery frog," 2 Mar. 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 9 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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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