Dictionary.com

tinnitus

[ ti-nahy-tuhs, tin-i- ]
/ tɪˈnaɪ təs, ˈtɪn ɪ- /
Save This Word!

noun Pathology.
a ringing or similar sensation of sound in the ears.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of tinnitus

1685–95; <Latin tinnītus a tinkling, equivalent to tinnī(re) to tinkle + -tus suffix of v. action
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use tinnitus in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tinnitus

tinnitus
/ (ˈtɪnɪtəs, tɪˈnaɪtəs) /

noun
pathol a ringing, hissing, or booming sensation in one or both ears, caused by infection of the middle or inner ear, a side effect of certain drugs, etc

Word Origin for tinnitus

C19: from Latin, from tinnīre to ring
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

Scientific definitions for tinnitus

tinnitus
[ tĭnĭ-təs, tĭ-nī- ]

A buzzing, ringing, or whistling sound in one or both ears occurring without an external stimulus. Its causes include ear infection or blockage, certain drugs, head injury, and neurologic disease.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK