ear·​ache | \ ˈir-ˌāk \

Definition of earache

: an ache or pain in the ear

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If your child's teeth grinding is caused by a problem such as an earache or stress, this underlying problem can be addressed. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Is your child's teeth grinding normal?," 30 June 2018 Lama-Briseño describes how her young patients can come in for one thing, like an earache, and then the visit turns into something completely different. Caroline Covington, Washington Post, "Texas Clinics Busting Traditional Silos Of Mental And Physical Health Care," 9 July 2018 For a student with an earache, say, the technician can first assess the eardrum in person, take video and photos of the ear canal, and connect the student to a doctor for a real-time consultation. Emily Holland, WSJ, "Telemedicine Reinvents the Visit to the School Nurse," 25 May 2018 Hassan, an 11-year-old Syrian treated at Tipton’s clinic for a sore throat and earache, told Israel’s Channel 10. Shria Rubin, USA TODAY, "These evangelicals in Israel are on a mission to win the hearts and minds of Syrians," 10 Apr. 2018 Because of their location, these infections tend to cause earaches, neck pain, or pain behind the eyes or in the temples. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "A 13-Year-Old Died After a Sinus Infection Traveled to His Brain. How Does That Happen?," 16 Mar. 2018 When Dr. Levine was 3 years old, he was injured while being treated at a hospital for a severe earache. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Dr. Hilbert M.'Bert' Levine, retired Baltimore general surgeon," 17 Aug. 2017 Health problems from pathogens associated with such bacteria including staph infections, earaches, rashes cysts and eye infections. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Water quality in county's rivers and creeks improves, but long-term prognosis unknown," 27 July 2017 If your doctor is not accessible, minor ailments like a bad cold, sore throat, earache, eye infection, back pain or a cut needing stitches are best treated in an urgent care facility, now common in most cities. Jane E. Brody, idahostatesman, "Strategies to navigate the emergency room," 21 May 2017

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1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earache was in 1678

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English Language Learners Definition of earache

: an ache or pain in the ear ( chiefly Brit )


ear·​ache | \ ˈir-ˌāk \

Kids Definition of earache

: an ache or pain in the ear


ear·​ache | \ ˈi(ə)r-ˌāk \

Medical Definition of earache

: an ache or pain in the ear

called also otalgia

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