tympan-, tympano-, tympani- +
(Greek > Latin: drum, kettledrum; stretched membrane; from "blow, impression, to beat"; a part of the ear)
2. The reconstruction, by surgery, of the sound-conducting mechanism of the middle ear when this has been damaged by disease or by the radical surgery necessary to excise it.
3. The excision of disease of the middle-ear cleft and the cleft's subsequent reconstruction.
The ossicles are the small bones, especially the three bones of the middle ear that are articulated in a manner that forms a chain for transmitting sound from the tympanic membrane to the oval window.
2. A surgically placed tiny incision in the eardrum so any fluid behind the eardrum can then drain and usually thickened secretions can be removed.
A small plastic ear tube (a tympanostomy tube) is often inserted into the eardrum to keep the middle ear aerated for a prolonged period of time.
2. A large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it.
3. The main cavity of the ear; between the eardrum and the inner ear.
4. A vibrating membrane in some insects that serves as a hearing organ.
5. Etymology: the Latin term tympanum auris was introduced by Albertus Magnus, circa A.D. 1225.
A tympanum was a drum or similar instrument; such as, a tambourine or timbrel; also, the stretched membrane of a drum, a drum-head.
"Drum of the ear," A.D. 1619, from Middle Latin tympanum, was introduced in this sense by Itaian anatomist Gabriele Fallopio (A.D. 1523-62), from Latin tympanum "drum" from Greek tympanon, "a drum, a panel of a door", from the root of typtein, "to beat, to strike".
2. A conceited, inflated, or pretentious style; bombastic (pompous or pretentious talk or writing); turgidity (pompously embellished language).