[ per-ee-oh-tik, -ot-ik ]
/ ˌpɛr iˈoʊ tɪk, -ˈɒt ɪk /

adjective Anatomy.

surrounding the ear.
noting or pertaining to certain bones or bony elements that form or help to form a protective capsule for the internal ear.


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Origin of periotic

First recorded in 1865–70; peri- + otic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for periotic

/ (ˌpɛrɪˈəʊtɪk, -ˈɒtɪk) /


of or relating to the structures situated around the internal ear
situated around the ear

Word Origin for periotic

C19: from peri- + -otic, from Greek ous ear
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Medical definitions for periotic

[ pĕr′ē-ōtĭk ]


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