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

Definition of otitis

: inflammation of the ear

Examples of otitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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, 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, 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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“Otitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otitis. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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

Medical Definition of otitis

: inflammation of the ear

Other Words from otitis

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


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