acute otitis media

noun

Definition of acute otitis media

: infection of the middle ear that is of rapid onset and is marked by inflammation, earache, fever, decreased hearing, fluid in the middle ear, and sometimes rupture of the tympanic membrane
Note: Acute otitis media is most common in infants and young children. It is caused by a bacterium or virus and typically occurs as a complication of an upper respiratory infection.
abbreviation AOM

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1855

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acute otitis media

noun

medical Definition of acute otitis media

: infection of the middle ear that is of rapid onset and is marked by inflammation, earache, fever, decreased hearing, fluid in the middle ear, and sometimes rupture of the tympanic membrane
Note: Acute otitis media is most common in infants and young children. It is caused by a bacterium or virus and typically occurs as a complication of an upper respiratory infection.
  • acute otitis media … is the most frequent childhood illness after the cold and the most common pediatric diagnosis for which antibiotics are prescribed.
  • —Marianne NeifertBaby TalkDecember/January 2001
abbreviation AOM

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