otolaryngology


oto·lar·yn·gol·o·gy

noun \ˌō-tō-ˌla-rən-ˈgä-lə-jē\

Definition of OTOLARYNGOLOGY

:  a medical specialty concerned especially with the ear, nose, and throat
oto·lar·yn·go·log·i·cal \-gə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
oto·lar·yn·gol·o·gist \-ˈgä-lə-jist\ noun

First Known Use of OTOLARYNGOLOGY

1897

oto·lar·yn·gol·o·gy

noun \-ə-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural oto·lar·yn·gol·o·gies

Medical Definition of OTOLARYNGOLOGY

: a medical specialty concerned especially with the ear, nose, and throat—called also otorhinolaryngology
oto·lar·yn·go·log·i·cal \-ˌlar-ən-gə-ˈläj-i-kəl\ adjective

otolaryngology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Medical specialty dealing with the ear, nose, and throat (see larynx, pharynx). The connection of these structures became known in the late 19th century. Otolaryngologists use an otoscope to examine the eardrum and a laryngoscope (developed in 1855) to inspect the larynx. They also test hearing and prescribe hearing aids. The operating microscope (developed in 1921) and flexible endoscopy now permit them to operate on delicate internal structures.

Variants of OTOLARYNGOLOGY

otolaryngology or otorhinolaryngology

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