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plural ENTs
: a physician specializing in medical conditions of the ear, nose, throat, and neck : otolaryngologist
Otolaryngologists, commonly known as ear, nose and throat doctors or ENTs, treat diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat, including problems with the sinuses and inner ear.Shelley Widhelm
A second ENT thought the problem might be a blocked eustachian tube, which the doctor cleaned out.Sandra G. Boodman


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ear, nose, and throat
Diseases of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) are extremely common and are often treated in an emergency department (ED) setting.Mark S. Granick et al.


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combining form

variants or ento-
: inner : within

Examples of ENT in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The concert dates and artist lineups were announced in February by the festival’s organizers, ENT Legends. Marcus D. Smith, Sacramento Bee, 19 Apr. 2024 Try a long-acting nasal decongestant Many ENT specialists recommend using a long-acting nasal decongestant to offset any inflammation that may be affecting your nasal passages and interfering with Eustachian tube function. Blane Bachelor, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Apr. 2024 To kick off the new initiative, Billboard can exclusively reveal that the Grammy Museum will present KQ ENT. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, 27 Mar. 2024 According to a news release from festival organizer ENT Legends, Snoh Aalegra will headline the Friday, May 3 show and Kaytraminé, — the duo of Kaytranada and Aminé — will headline Saturday, May 4. Marcus D. Smith, Sacramento Bee, 2 Feb. 2024 If hearing loss is detected, the audiologist will probably refer you to an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor, or otolaryngologist. Kristen Fischer, Health, 10 Jan. 2024 Further Reading Worm that jumps from rats to slugs to human brains has invaded Southeast US In a short clinical report published in this week's issue, doctors in Tainan City, Taiwan, detail the case of a 64-year-old woman who sought care at an otolaryngology (ENT) clinic. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 25 Oct. 2023 More recent testimonies, including that of pediatric ENT specialists, suggest that the 21-month-old might have accidentally caused his own death. Nicole Froio, refinery29.com, 25 Sep. 2023 In May 2021, while observing her foundation's wildlife efforts firsthand, the princess developed ENT problems that required a number of surgeries and extensive recoveries over a six-month period. Peter Mikelbank, Peoplemag, 17 Sep. 2023

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Word History



from ear, nose, throat

Combining form

New Latin, from Greek entos within; akin to Latin intus within, Greek en in — more at in

First Known Use


1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ENT was in 1976

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Cite this Entry

“ENT.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ENT. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
plural ENTs
: a physician specializing in medical conditions of the ear, nose, throat, and neck : otolaryngologist
ENTs treat tinnitus, balance disorders, noise damage, nerve pain, chronic sinusitis and a great deal more.Peter M. Gott, The Daily Courier (Forest City, North Carolina)


2 of 2 abbreviation
ear, nose, and throat
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