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eustachian tube

Definitions

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

  • n. Anatomy A slender tube that connects the tympanic cavity with the nasal part of the pharynx and serves to equalize air pressure on either side of the eardrum.

Etymologies

After Bartolomeo Eustachio.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In persons in whom from disease or a cold the eustachian tube is permanently or temporarily closed, the sense of hearing is injured; but this may be accounted for by mucus accumulating within the tube, and the consequent exclusion of air.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

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