[per-ee-oh-tik, -ot-ik]
adjective Anatomy.
  1. surrounding the ear.
  2. noting or pertaining to certain bones or bony elements that form or help to form a protective capsule for the internal ear.

Origin of periotic

First recorded in 1865–70; peri- + otic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for periotic


  1. of or relating to the structures situated around the internal ear
  2. situated around the ear

Word Origin for periotic

C19: from peri- + -otic, from Greek ous ear
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periotic in Medicine


  1. Situated around the ear.
  2. Of or relating to the bones immediately around the inner ear.
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