EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Pathology a ringing or similar sensation of sound in the ears. Origin of tinnitus 1685–95; < Latin tinnītus a tinkling, equivalent to tinnī(re) to tinkle + -tus suffix of v. action
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for tinnitus Historical Examples of tinnitus British Dictionary definitions for tinnitus 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
Word Origin and History for tinnitus n.
1843, from Latin
tinnitus, from tinnire "to ring, tinkle" (see tintinnabulation).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
tinnitus [tĭ-nī ′təs, tĭn ′ĭ-] n. pl. tin•ni•tus•es A sound in one ear or both ears, such as buzzing, ringing, or whistling, occurring without an external stimulus and usually caused by a specific condition, such as an ear infection, the use of certain drugs, a blocked auditory tube or canal, or a head injury.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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.