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compliance of the middle ear

a measure of the transmission of mechanical energy through a structure (for example, sound through the middle ear).
Synonym(s): admittance


1. Total opposition to flow. In electricity, when flow is steady, impedance is simply the resistance, for example, the driving pressure per unit flow; when flow is changing, impedance also includes the factors that oppose changes in flow. Thus, deviations of impedance, from simple ohmic resistance because of the effects of capacitance and inductance, become more important in alternating current as the frequency of oscillations increases. In fluid analogies (for example, pulsatile flow of blood, to-and-fro flow of respiratory gas), impedance depends not only on viscous resistance but also on compressibility, compliance, inertance, and the frequency of imposed oscillations.
2. Resistance of an acoustic system to being set in motion.


(ăd-mit′ăns) [L. admittere, to send to, let go]
In electronics, the ratio of the current to the voltage.