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noun Pathology.
  1. inflammation of the ear.
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Origin of otitis

First recorded in 1790–1800; ot- + -itis
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Examples from the Web for otitis

Historical Examples of otitis

  • In America the leaves are used as a poultice in otitis, their action being rubefacient.

    The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

    T. H. Pardo de Tavera

  • This accident will be considered when we treat of otitis media, another grave complication.

  • The otitis externa produced by the irritating discharge which flows from the middle ear soon disappears when the flow ceases.

British Dictionary definitions for otitis


  1. inflammation of the ear, esp the middle ear (otitis media), with pain, impaired hearing, etc, or the outer ear (otitis externa), with inflammation between the ear drum and the external openingSee also labyrinthitis
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otitis in Medicine


  1. Inflammation of the ear.
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Related formso•titic (ō-tĭtĭk) adj.
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