middle ear

middle ear
the main cavity of the ear; between the eardrum and the inner ear
Syn: ↑tympanic cavity, ↑tympanum
Hypernyms: ↑cavity, ↑bodily cavity, ↑cavum
Part Holonyms: ↑auditory apparatus
Part Meronyms:

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noun [singular]
: the middle part of the ear that is inside the eardrum

fluid in the middle ear

a middle ear infection

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ˌmiddle ˈear [middle ear] noun singular
the part of the ear behind the ↑eardrum, containing the little bones that transfer sound ↑vibrations

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