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Middle ear: the main cavity of the ear; between the eardrum and the inner ear
Source: WordNet 2.1
Middle ear : portion of the ear between the tympanic membrane and the cochlea, containing the tympanic cavity and its bones, the malleus, incus, and stapes.
Middle ear: The middle ear is the middle area of the ear. It is located within the temporal bone of the skull and contains the tympanic membrane, Eustachian tube, and the three auditory bones. The middle ear is an air-filled space that contains the structures that convert sound waves into vibrations and then transmit those vibrations to the inner ear.
Sound waves travel through the outer ear, into the middle ear where they cause vibration of the tympanic membrane. These vibrations are then transmitted through the auditory bones and into the cochlea of the inner ear. In the inner ear, sound vibrations are converted into electrical impulses and carried by the 8th cranial nerve to the brain.
Conditions that can afflict the middle ear include ruptured tympanic membrane, otitis media, strep infection, and trauma.
The following organs are closely related to the organ: Middle ear:
The following conditions are related to the organ: Middle ear:
The following list contains sub-parts of the organ: Middle ear:
These symptoms are related to afflictions of the organ: Middle ear:
Condition count: 2 ; see list below.
Organ types: Ear (37)
Organs: list of all organs
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