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periotic

[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.
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Origin of periotic

First recorded in 1865–70; peri- + otic
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Examples from the Web for periotic

Historical Examples of periotic

  • The periotic is not fused to the squamosal or to the small tympanic.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The tympanic and periotic are ankylosed together, but not to any other bones.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The tympanic and periotic are both small and are fused together.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The tympanic, periotic and squamosal are ankylosed together.

  • The periotic and tympanic are welded together, but not with the squamosal.


British Dictionary definitions for periotic

periotic

adjective
  1. of or relating to the structures situated around the internal ear
  2. situated around the ear
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Word Origin for periotic

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

periotic

(pĕr′ē-ōtĭk)
adj.
  1. Situated around the ear.
  2. Of or relating to the bones immediately around the inner ear.
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