[ti-nahy-tuh s, tin-i-]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for tinnitus
The tinnitus, therefore, is rather of the nature of an illusion than of a hallucination.Tics and Their Treatment
Those who are not actually deaf, are troubled with difficulty of hearing, and tinnitus aurium.Observations on Madness and Melancholy
Tinnitus aurium, or subjective noises in the ear, may constitute a very annoying and persistent symptom.
Deafness and tinnitus are dependent upon the accumulation of epithelium and débris.
The injury is followed by pain in the ear, often by considerable deafness and tinnitus, and bleeding is frequently observed.
- 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
C19: from Latin, from tinnīre to ring
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Word Origin and History for tinnitus
1843, from Latin tinnitus, from tinnire "to ring, tinkle" (see tintinnabulation).
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- 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.
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- 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.
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