- of or relating to the ear; auricular.
Origin of otic
- an adjective suffix of Greek origin, often corresponding to nouns ending in -osis, denoting a relationship to an action, process, state, or condition indicated by the preceding element: hypnotic; neurotic.See also -tic.
Origin of -otic
From the Greek suffix -ōtikos
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Examples from the Web for otic
Post-embryonic -otic: the stage after the insect has come out of the egg.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
"The others are dying," said Mjly, blinking her otic nerves eerily.Lonesome Hearts
Russell Robert Winterbotham
Its upper end exhibits a tendency to divide into two processes, corresponding with the pedicle and otic processes of the Amphibia.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
Examine the otic capsule by taking successive slices through it to show the labyrinth of the ear.Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata
H. G. Wells
Internally, it must lie against the otic capsule below the tabular, partially concealing the stapes.A New Order of Fishlike Amphibia From the Pennsylvanian of Kansas
Theodore H. Eaton
- of or relating to the ear
C17: from Greek ōtikos, from ous ear
- relating to or affected bysclerotic
from Greek -ōtikos
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Word Origin and History for otic
"pertaining to the ear," from Greek otikos, from ous (genitive otos) "ear" (see ear (n.1)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, or located near the ear; auricular.
- Of, relating to, or characterized by a specified condition or process:anabiotic.
- Having a specified disease or abnormal condition:epizootic.
- Characterized by an increase or formation of a specified kind:leukocytotic.
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