tympanic membrane

noun

Definition of tympanic membrane

: a thin membrane that closes externally the cavity of the middle ear and functions in the mechanical reception of sound waves and in their transmission to the site of sensory reception

called also eardrum

— see ear illustration

Examples of tympanic membrane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Garlic oil could seep past a perforated tympanic membrane into the inner ear, causing additional damage. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2021 Your eardrum, also known as your tympanic membrane, is where your middle ear begins. Amber Brenza, SELF, 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tympanic membrane

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Tympanic membrane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tympanic%20membrane. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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tympanic membrane

noun

Medical Definition of tympanic membrane

: a thin membrane separating the middle ear from the inner part of the external auditory canal that vibrates in response to sound energy and transmits the resulting mechanical vibrations to the structures of the middle ear

called also eardrum, tympanum

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