oto·​lar·​yn·​gol·​o·​gy | \ ˌō-tō-ˌler-ən-ˈgä-lə-jē How to pronounce otolaryngology (audio) , -ˌla-rən- \

Definition of otolaryngology

: a medical specialty concerned especially with the ear, nose, and throat and related parts of the head and neck When needed for a middle ear reconstruction, the cartilage can easily be tailored further in the operating room to meet the patient's precise anatomic needs, says Dr. Richard A. Chole, chairman of the department of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at the University of California at Davis.— Katie Tyndall

called also otorhinolaryngology

Other Words from otolaryngology

otolaryngological \ ˌō-​tō-​ˌler-​ən-​gə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce otolaryngology (audio) , -​ˌla-​rən-​ \ or otolaryngologic \ ˌō-​tō-​ˌler-​ən-​gə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce otolaryngology (audio) , -​ˌla-​rən-​ \ adjective
otolaryngological examinations otolaryngologic symptoms

Examples of otolaryngology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nasal irrigation also has the benefit of keeping the inside of the nose moist, which can help reduce irritation, said Andrew Lane, a professor of otolaryngology and director of the division of rhinology and sinus surgery at Johns Hopkins. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 That, combined with being a literature major in college interested in dialogue, communication, and human interaction, drew me to otolaryngology, the surgical and medical management of conditions of the head and neck. Christopher Hartnick, STAT, 28 Feb. 2022 Listening devices could soon monitor biomarkers such as heart rate, body temperature and blood-oxygen saturation, says Peter Santa Maria, an associate professor of otolaryngology at Stanford University. Benoit Morenne, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 Headaches are a complex condition that sometimes have no anatomical connection with the ear, said Dr. Erich Voigt, director of general otolaryngology at New York University. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 The first phase of the project is expected to be complete in 2025 and will house a wide range of services including oncology, neurosurgery, urology, otolaryngology and orthopedics. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 While medicine as a whole, and even other elite specialties like dermatology, thoracic surgery, and otolaryngology, has begun to increase the number of people of color in its ranks, orthopedics’ numbers have barely budged. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 13 Dec. 2021 Among the specialties with the most significant gaps were dermatology (skin), otolaryngology (head and neck), and pulmonology (respiratory system). Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 6 Aug. 2021 Neel Bhatt is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Washington. Neel Bhatt, CNN, 15 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of otolaryngology

1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Otolaryngology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otolaryngology. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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oto·​lar·​yn·​gol·​o·​gy | \ ˌōt-ō-ˌlar-ən-ˈgäl-ə-jē How to pronounce otolaryngology (audio) \
plural otolaryngologies

Medical Definition of otolaryngology

: a medical specialty concerned especially with the ear, nose, and throat and related parts of the head and neck

called also otorhinolaryngology

Other Words from otolaryngology

otolaryngological \ ˌōt-​ō-​ˌlar-​ən-​gə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce otolaryngology (audio) \ or otolaryngologic \ ˌōt-​ō-​ˌlar-​ən-​gə-​ˈläj-​ik How to pronounce otolaryngology (audio) \ adjective

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about otolaryngology


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