oto·​lar·​yn·​gol·​o·​gist ˌō-tō-ˌler-ən-ˈgä-lə-jist How to pronounce otolaryngologist (audio)
plural otolaryngologists
: a physician specializing in otolaryngology
Many doctors, especially ear, nose and throat specialists, called otolaryngologists, are capable of evaluating patients who have impaired or lost smell.M. R. Miller
Adults in their 30s and 40s increasingly are showing up in the offices of the nation's otolaryngologists complaining about problem tonsils, say doctors.Tara Parker-Pope

called also otorhinolaryngologist

Examples of otolaryngologist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At 19-years-old, Rebecca visited an ophthalmologist and an otolaryngologist, who diagnosed her with Usher syndrome type 3. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 There is no test or scan for tinnitus, and scientists cannot easily study it because the inner ear is tiny, delicate and encased in bone, said Dr. Konstantina Stankovic, an otolaryngologist at Stanford University. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, 3 May 2024 If hearing loss is detected, the audiologist will probably refer you to an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor, or otolaryngologist. Kristen Fischer, Health, 10 Jan. 2024 Getting a well-fitting pair of hearing aids includes multiple visits to the otolaryngologist, audiologist, and the hearing aid center, all of which come with their own transportation and language barriers. Dr. Angela Zhang, ABC News, 3 Jan. 2024 This feeling of a one-sided blockage also may be more noticeable in someone with a deviated septum, which is when the septum is displaced to one side, Kathleen Kelly, MD, an otolaryngologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, told Health. Korin Miller, Health, 1 Oct. 2023 According to Rick Godley, a general otolaryngologist based in Rhode Island and president and founder of the Association of Migraine Disorders, migraine is caused by an overly reactive and sensitive nervous system, which can be genetic, triggered by external factors, or a combination of both. Ashley Abramson, Allure, 7 Apr. 2021 Nicotine is so addictive that Dr. Russell Faust, who practiced for years as an otolaryngologist before becoming medical director for Oakland County’s Health Division, would see patients smoking through the holes in their necks following major surgery to remove their cancerous voice boxes. Jennifer Brookland, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2023 Melynda Barnes is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, an otolaryngologist, and chief medical officer of Ro, a direct-to-patient healthcare company. Melynda Barnes, STAT, 20 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of otolaryngologist was in 1911

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“Otolaryngologist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otolaryngologist. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


oto·​lar·​yn·​gol·​o·​gist ˌōt-ō-ˌlar-ən-ˈgäl-ə-jəst How to pronounce otolaryngologist (audio)
: a physician specializing in otolaryngology

called also otorhinolaryngologist

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