oti·​tis ō-ˈtī-təs How to pronounce otitis (audio)
: inflammation of the ear

Examples of otitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Child advocacy is as integral as otitis treatment to the practice of pediatrics. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 26 May 2022 The authors also ruled out a bone tumor or malignant external otitis (a fast-spreading infection of the ear canal and temporal bone). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 24 Feb. 2022 People with diabetes and symptoms of an ear infection should be rapidly evaluated for malignant otitis externa, a severe infection urgently requiring antibiotics. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 29 Oct. 2021 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, 15 Mar. 2019 But even healthy adults can get ear infections, also known as acute otitis media. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, 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, 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, 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, 19 Apr. 2018

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1799, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of otitis was circa 1799

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“Otitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otitis. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


oti·​tis ō-ˈtīt-əs How to pronounce otitis (audio)
plural otitides ō-ˈtit-ə-ˌdēz How to pronounce otitis (audio)
: inflammation of the ear
otitic adjective
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