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

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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 The lead surgeon, Dr. Eric M. Genden, Sr., is the chair of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, "Woman Takes A Deep Breath After First Successful Tracheal Transplant," 6 Apr. 2021 One of those symptoms is loss of smell, and according to Dr. Matthew Stewart, an associate professor of otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Medicine, the same mechanisms behind that strange symptom may also contribute to hearing loss. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, "Covid-19 may make people's tinnitus worse," 5 Nov. 2020 Some experts, like Oliver Adunka, MD, professor of otolaryngology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, are even surprised the case report was published at all. Korin Miller, Health.com, "45-Year-Old Man Suffers 'Sudden Irreversible Hearing Loss' After COVID-19 Infection—Here's What to Know," 15 Oct. 2020 According to study co-author Hubert Lim, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota, this treatment targets a subset of brain cells that are firing abnormally. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "New Tinnitus Treatment Alleviates Annoying Ringing in the Ears," 7 Oct. 2020 Sadler, an associate professor of otolaryngology and communication sciences at the Medical College, also was appointed associate dean of clinical affairs. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eric Conley promoted to president of Froedtert Hospital," 11 July 2020 Christ Hospital physician Matt Hensler practices otolaryngology in Greater Cincinnati, but in between video visits, he's been working in a little musicology. Sierra Newton, Cincinnati.com, "Heartland: Christ Hospital's Dr. Matthew Hensler performs Billy Joel parody 'Corona Man'," 15 Apr. 2020 Duration matters as much as volume, says Erick Gallun, PhD, an associate professor of otolaryngology at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine in Portland. Sunny Sea Gold, Health.com, "6 Way to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, According to Experts," 20 Apr. 2020 The new research matters, and so does a quick response from the medical community, said Sedaghat, associate professor in the department of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at UC. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus symptoms: Lost sense of smell in COVID-19 - UC doctor researching link," 27 Mar. 2020

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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 12 May. 2021.

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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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