tympanum

noun tym·pa·num \ ˈtim-pə-nəm \

Definition of tympanum

plural tympana play \-nə\ also tympanums
1 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
2 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 and Etymology 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


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tympanum

noun tym·pa·num \ ˈtim-pə-nəm \

medical Definition of tympanum

plural tympana play \-nə\ also tympanums

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