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English definition of “tympanic”


adjective /tɪmˈpæn.ɪk/ US  // specialized
relating to the eardrum (= thin piece of skin inside the ear that moves backwards and forwards when sound waves reach it, allowing you to hear sounds): the tympanic cavity/membraneThe ear
(Definition of tympanic adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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