Term: tympanum (plural, tympana)
Literally meaning: “a drum or, the stretched membrane of a drum”
Origin: Anc Greek
τύπτω/typto (=beat, strike, hit)
+um(=latin suffix that forms singular nouns)
The tympanum resembles the head of a tiny drum
(anatomy) Tympanum is the thin tympanic membrane (eardrum) which separates the middle ear from the external ear. Its function is to transmit sound waves from the air to the ossicles inside the middle ear.