tympan-, tympano-, tympani- +

(Greek > Latin: drum, kettledrum; stretched membrane; from "blow, impression, to beat"; a part of the ear)

A reference to surgical repair or the reconstruction of the middle ear.
1. A surgical operation to correct damage to the middle ear and restore the integrity of bones of the middle ear and the ear drum.
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 presence of masses of hard, dense connective tissue around the auditory ossicles in the middle ear.

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.

The surgical excision of the tympanic plexus for relief of tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
1. The removal of fluid (often infected) from the middle ear space by creating a incision in the eardrum.
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.

Referring to, pertaining to, or affected with, tympanites of the belly (flatulent distentions or wind in the stomach).
tympanum (s), tampana (pl)
1. In anatomy, the drum of the ear, the eardrum, the tympanic membrane. The tympanum resembles the head of a tiny drum which separates the middle ear from the external ear.
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".

1. A low-pitched, drumlike sound produced by percussion over an air-filled region; especially, in the stomach and intestines or in the peritoneal and pleural cavities.
2. A conceited, inflated, or pretentious style; bombastic (pompous or pretentious talk or writing); turgidity (pompously embellished language).

Related "ear" word families: auri-; myring-; oto-.