middle ear

noun

Definition of middle ear

: a small membrane-lined cavity that is separated from the outer ear by the tympanic membrane and that transmits sound waves from the tympanic membrane to the partition between the middle and inner ears through a chain of tiny bones

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First Known Use of middle ear

1808, in the meaning defined above

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middle ear

noun

English Language Learners Definition of middle ear

: the middle part of the ear that is inside the eardrum

middle ear

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Medical Definition of middle ear

: the intermediate portion of the ear of higher vertebrates consisting typically of a small air-filled membrane-lined chamber in the temporal bone continuous with the nasopharynx through the eustachian tube, separated from the external ear by the tympanic membrane and from the inner ear by fenestrae, and containing a chain of three ossicles that extends from the tympanic membrane to the oval window and transmits vibrations to the inner ear

called also tympanic cavity

— see incus, malleus, stapes

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