American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or resembling a drum.
- adj. Anatomy Of or relating to the middle ear or eardrum.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or resembling a tympan or tympanum; similar to or acting like a drumhead.
- In anatomy, of or pertaining to the tympanum: as, the tympanic cavity.
- n. A bone of the ear of man and mammals, supporting the tympanic membrane, generally annular or tubular, forming most of the meatus auditorius externus, or external auditory passage. Its outer extremity is known in human anatomy as the external auditory process; it is annular at birth, subsequently becoming elongated and cylindric.
- n. Below mammals, in animals in which the true tympanic is rudimentary or wanting, the quadrate or pedicellate bone, the representative of the malleus; the suspensorium of the lower jaw, or especially its uppermost piece, the hyomandibular or epitympanic: so called by some who suppose it to be the tympanic bone, from the fact that it in part supports the tympanic membrane. See quadrate, n., 3 , hyomandibular, epitympanic, and other compounds of tympanic there cited
- n. In ornithology, sometimes, the tympano-occipital, considered as the true representative in birds of the tympanic of a mammal.
- adj. of, relating to, or resembling a drum
- adj. anatomy relating to the eardrum or middle ear; tympanal
- adj. music resonant
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Like a tympanum or drum; acting like a drumhead.
- adj. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the tympanum.
- n. (Anat.) The tympanic bone.
- adj. associated with the eardrum
- adj. resembling a drum
- From Latin tympanum, drum; see tympanum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On the other side of the tympanum is a small air-filled space called the tympanic cavity.”
“It is called the tympanic antrum, and must be distinguished from the mastoid cells, though it communicates with them.”
“The aperture, surrounded by the folds of the external ear, leads by a canal towards a cavity called the tympanic cavity, which cavity is shut off from the exterior by the tympanic membrane (or drum of the ear), which stretches across the canal at a considerable distance from its external aperture.”
“I wandered over in a disbelieving daze just in time to hear my Dad say, "... and your drummer, very tympanic ..." while Pete bemusedly nodded.”
“And, as my Dad once pointed out to Pete, his drummer was "very tympanic.”
“Despite the efforts of Nissan's engineers to improve ride compliance, the over-the-road feel is tympanic, concussive, brutal, and tar strips zing your hands through the suede-wrapped steering wheel.”
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“It might be, however, that low frequencies, for example received by the lungs, would have alternate, non-tympanic pathways.”
“Impedance matching of the tympanic middle ear occurred very early in amniote evolution.”
“Since the ear is a pressure-gradient ear, the tympanic response at low frequencies is very small, that part of the low frequency sensitivity is extratympanic.”
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