[ 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.

Origin of periotic

First recorded in 1865–70; peri- + otic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine 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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