tympanum [tim′pə nəm]
pl. tympanums or tympana [tim′pənə] [L: see TYMPAN]
1. Anat.
2. Zool.
a) a drumlike structure serving as a vibratory membrane for the hearing organs of certain insects
b) the resonating chamber of the syrinx in birds
3. a drum or drumhead
4. Archit.
a) the recessed space, usually triangular, enclosed by the slanting cornices of a pediment, often ornamented with sculpture
b) a corresponding semicircular space enclosed by an arch and the top of the door or window below it
5. Elec. the diaphragm of a telephone

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(of the ear)

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  • Tympanum — or timpanum or thympanon (Latin form) or tympanon (Greek form) may mean: * In biology, tympanum ndash; Eardrums * In classical architecture, tympanum is an architectural element located within the arch or Pediment * In music, timpano ndash;… …   Wikipedia

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  • Tympanum — Tym pa*num, n.; pl. E. {Tympanums}, L. {Tympana}. [L., a kettledrum, a drum or wheel in machines, the triangular area in a pediment, the panel of a door, Gr. ?, ?, fr. ? to strike, beat. See {Type}, and cf. {Timbrel}.] 1. (Anat.) (a) The ear drum …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tympănum — (v. gr.), 1) eine dem Tambourin ähnliche Handtrommel, Handpauke, mit hohlem, halbrund gewölbtem Bauch; bes. brauchte man das T. bei dem Dienst der Kybele (s. Tympanismos) u. bei Einweihungen in die Mysterien; 2) so v.w. Pauke; 3) (Anat.),… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • Tympanum — ⇒ Trommelfell …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • tympanum — ► NOUN (pl. tympanums or tympana) 1) Anatomy & Zoology the eardrum. 2) Architecture a vertical recessed triangular space forming the centre of a pediment or over a door. DERIVATIVES tympanic adjective. ORIGIN Greek tumpanon drum …   English terms dictionary

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