Definition of otitis media
: inflammation of the middle ear marked especially by pain, fever, dizziness, and hearing loss
Origin of otitis media
First Known Use: 1874
Medical Definition of otitis media
: 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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