oti·​tis | \ ō-ˈtī-təs How to pronounce otitis (audio) \

Definition of otitis

: inflammation of the ear

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After examining his brain via a CT scan, the doctors diagnosed the man with what's known as necrotizing otitis externa, an infection in the soft tissue of the external auditory canal (the part of the ear canal from outside the ear to the drum). Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Man Developed a Near-Fatal Infection in His Brain Lining After Using a Cotton Swab," 15 Mar. 2019 But even healthy adults can get ear infections, also known as acute otitis media. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "7 Ear Problems That Can Mess With Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 Pseudomonas, transmitted when skin comes in contact with contaminated water, may lead to rashes near the ear canal and otitis externa (or swimmer’s ear). Fiza Pirani, ajc, "CDC warns pools, hot tubs and water parks are hotbed for disease outbreaks," 22 May 2018 The Bulgarian soprano has been suffering from double otitis (an ear infection) and has been advised not to travel, said the spokeswoman. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Sonya Yoncheva cancels Tosca with Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin," 1 May 2018 Clinical signs and visual inspection are considered sufficient evidence for definitive diagnosis of otitis externa, but primary, predisposing and perpetuating causes must also be identified, typically by more than just smelling the ears. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Dogs, cats often suffer common inflammatory ear condition | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018 Unfortunately, summer is also prime time for kids to get swimmer’s ear, or acute otitis externa, an infection that occurs when normal bacteria grows excessively under moist conditions in the ear canal, causing swelling and blockage. Alyssa Terk, Md, Philly.com, "How to avoid swimmer's ear," 1 Aug. 2017 Swimmer's ear, also known by its medical name, otitis externa, usually occurs after water gets trapped inside the ear. Cathie Ericson, CNN, "Swimmer's ear: What to know, how to treat it," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of otitis

circa 1799, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for otitis

New Latin

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The first known use of otitis was circa 1799

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oti·​tis | \ ō-ˈtīt-əs How to pronounce otitis (audio) \
plural otitides\ ō-​ˈtit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce otitides (audio) \

Medical Definition of otitis

: inflammation of the ear

Other Words from otitis

otitic \ -​ˈtit-​ik How to pronounce otitic (audio) \ adjective

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to make a temporary encampment

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