Tympanic part of temporal bone

Dr Craig Hacking and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

The tympanic part of the temporal bone is situated inferiorly to the squamous part and anteriorly to the mastoid part.

The tympanic part surrounds the external auditory meatus, forming the anterior wall, floor and some of the posterior wall of the bony external acoustic meatus. The lateral border of the tympanic part gives the attachment to the cartilaginous part of the external acoustic meatus. Its anteroinferior surface forms the posterior boundary of the mandibular fossa. It fuses medially with the petrous part and posteriorly with the squamous and mastoid parts.

Anatomy: Head and neck
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rID: 28370
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Tympanic part
  • Tympanic part of the temporal bone
  • Tympanic temporal bone

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  • Figure 1: temporal bone divisions (CT anatomy)
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  • Figure 2: diagram - temporal bone
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