Share this entry

Share this page

tympanic membrane

Syllabification: tym·pan·ic mem·brane

Definition of tympanic membrane in English:

noun

A membrane forming part of the organ of hearing, which vibrates in response to sound waves. In humans and other higher vertebrates it forms the eardrum, between the outer and middle ear.
Example sentences
  • Tympanic readings represent a close correlation to patients' core temperatures because of the close proximity of the carotid arteries that vascularize the tympanic membrane and hypothalamus.
  • The most common cause of the type B tracing is decreased mobility of the tympanic membrane secondary to middle ear fluid (otitis media with effusion).
  • By changes in their development, the articular and the quadrate bones in mammals were modified into two bones, the malleus and incus, whose function was now to transmit sound from the tympanic membrane to the inner ear.

Definition of tympanic membrane in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…