tensor tympani

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A muscle in the middle ear that reduces the movement of the ossicles when it contracts and that acts in conjunction with the stapedius in the acoustic reflex to protect the ear from damage when exposed to loud sounds. [From Latin tensor a stretcher from tensus tight, from tendere to stretch + tympanum a drum]

Subjects: Psychology.

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