tym·​pan·​ic tim-ˈpa-nik How to pronounce tympanic (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a tympanum

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Otoscopy was repeated, revealing both tympanic membranes to be free of cerumen, intact and in excellent condition. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 13 July 2011 The relatively round, fist-sized bone — called the tympanic bone, or siuti in Iñupiaq — is also an object that captains usually take from the whale to remind them of the hunt. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Aug. 2022 These typically have a tympanic effect going over uneven pavement. Dan Neil, WSJ, 17 June 2022 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 See More

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Word History


Latin & New Latin tympanum

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tympanic was in 1808

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Cite this Entry

“Tympanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tympanic. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


tym·​pan·​ic tim-ˈpan-ik How to pronounce tympanic (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a tympanum
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