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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or resembling a drum.
  • adj. Anatomy Of or relating to the middle ear or eardrum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, relating to, or resembling a drum
  • adj. relating to the eardrum or middle ear; tympanal
  • adj. resonant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a tympanum or drum; acting like a drumhead.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the tympanum.
  • n. The tympanic bone.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. associated with the eardrum
  • adj. resembling a drum

Etymologies

From Latin tympanum, drum; see tympanum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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