otol·​o·​gy ō-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce otology (audio)
: a science that deals with the ear and its diseases
otologic adjective
or less commonly otological
otologist noun

Examples of otology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The quickest and easiest way to get water out of your ear is simply to change your head position by tilting it, Daniel Jethanamest, MD, director of the division of otology and neurotology in the department of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at NYU Langone, tells Health. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 29 June 2021 Holy otology! Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 11 Feb. 2012 More companies could be working on better, less expensive products that help people hear better, said Charles Limb, a professor and chief of otology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dominique Mosbergen, WSJ, 15 Nov. 2022 This strategy is counterintuitive, according to Dr. Jay Rubinstein, associate professor of otology at the University of Iowa. Patrick Di Justo, WIRED, 24 June 2002

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Word History


ot- + -logy

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of otology was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Otology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otology. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


otol·​o·​gy -jē How to pronounce otology (audio)
plural otologies
: a science that deals with the ear and its diseases
otologic adjective
also otological
otologically adverb

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