[oh-tik, ot-ik]
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Origin of otic

From the Greek word ōtikós, dating back to 1650–60. See ot-, -ic
Related formspre·o·tic, adjective


  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for otic


  1. of or relating to the ear

Word Origin for otic

C17: from Greek ōtikos, from ous ear


suffix forming adjectives
  1. relating to or affected bysclerotic
  2. causingnarcotic

Word Origin for -otic

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)).

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otic in Medicine


tĭk, ŏtĭk]
  1. Of, relating to, or located near the ear; auricular.


  1. Of, relating to, or characterized by a specified condition or process:anabiotic.
  2. Having a specified disease or abnormal condition:epizootic.
  3. Characterized by an increase or formation of a specified kind:leukocytotic.
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