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Anatomy of the Human Ear.svg
Anatomy of the human ear.
Right tympanic membrane as seen through a speculum.
Latin membrana tympani

The tympanic membrane, also called an eardrum, is a thin membrane that separates the external ear from the middle ear in humans and other animals. It moves sound from the air to the ossicles inside the middle ear.[1] The malleus bone bridges the gap between the eardrum and the other ossicles.


  1. "tympanic membrane (anatomy) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia". 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.