tym·​pan·​ic | \ tim-ˈpa-nik How to pronounce tympanic (audio) \

Definition of tympanic

: of, relating to, or being a tympanum

Examples of tympanic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Borgmeyer’s eldest daughter has sensory processing issues, which can make taking oral or tympanic (in-ear) temperatures challenging. Connie Chang, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2021 Instead, there are now five different types of thermometers: rectal, oral, axillary (armpit), temporal (forehead) and tympanic (remote ear) that can display a reading in seconds on a digital display. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, 17 Mar. 2021 The inconstant, tympanic thrumming of the fabric is an intonation underlying one shrieking run after another of banshee notes, some of them single tones within the squalling wind that sustain themselves for several seconds before dropping an octave. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, 10 Jan. 2019 This included the tympanic bone, one of the tiny ear bones. Smithsonian, 8 May 2018 The eardrum, which is also called the tympanic membrane, is a thin membrane inside the ear canal. Fox News, 16 May 2017 Of those visits, tears in the tissue that separates the ear canal from the middle ear, called the tympanic membrane or simply the eardrum, were the most common. Robert Jimison, CNN, 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of tympanic

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tympanic

Latin & New Latin tympanum

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“Tympanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tympanic. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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tym·​pan·​ic | \ tim-ˈpan-ik How to pronounce tympanic (audio) \

Medical Definition of tympanic

: of, relating to, or being a tympanum


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