otitis media


otitis me·​dia -ˈmē-dē-ə How to pronounce otitis media (audio)
: inflammation of the middle ear marked especially by pain, fever, dizziness, and abnormalities in hearing
especially : acute otitis media

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Upper respiratory viral infections or bacterial infections from the sinuses can also cause middle ear infections, called otitis media, according to Stewart. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 The reason for this is that most cases of otitis media get better on their own as the body’s immune system fights off the infection, which is usually caused by an upper respiratory virus. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2021 In adults, these complications are lower respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia and in children, otitis media or middle ear infections. Arnold Monto, Philly.com, 24 Jan. 2018

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1772, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of otitis media was in 1772

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“Otitis media.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otitis%20media. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

otitis media

otitis me·​dia -ˈmēd-ē-ə How to pronounce otitis media (audio)
: inflammation of the middle ear marked by pain, fever, dizziness, and abnormalities of hearing

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