a distension of the abdomen caused by accumulation of gas in the intestinal tract or peritoneal cavity.
Prefix indicating a relationship to the eardrum (tympanic membrane), as in tympanometry (a test that measures the function of the middle ear).
A test that measures the function of the middle ear. Tympanometry works by varying the pressure within the ear canal and measuring the movement of the eardrum (tympanic membrane).
A surgical operation to correct damage to the middle ear and restore the integrity of the eardrum.
- Tympanostomy tube
A small plastic tube inserted into the eardrum to keep the middle ear aerated for a prolonged period of time. These ventilating tubes usually remain in place for 6 months to several years. Eventually, most will move out of the eardrum (extrude) and fall out into the ear canal. Also called ear tubes.
The cavity of the middle ear, which is separated from the outer ear by the eardrum.