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otitis media

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noun otitis me·dia \-ˈmē-dē-ə\

Definition of otitis media

  1. :  inflammation of the middle ear marked especially by pain, fever, dizziness, and hearing loss



Origin of otitis media

New Latin


First Known Use: 1874


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otitis media

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noun otitis me·dia \-ˈmēd-ē-ə\

Medical Definition of otitis media

  1. :  acute or chronic inflammation of the middle ear; especially :  an acute inflammation especially in infants or young children that is caused by a virus or bacterium, usually occurs as a complication of an upper respiratory infection, and is marked by earache, fever, hearing loss, and sometimes rupture of the tympanic membrane—see serous otitis media




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