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

  • n. The part of the temporal bone of the skull that partially encloses the middle ear and supports the eardrum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a bone of the skull which incloses a part of the tympanum and supports the tympanic membrane.

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

  • n. the bone enclosing the middle ear

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