[ti-nahy-tuh s, tin-i-]

noun Pathology.

a ringing or similar sensation of sound in the ears.

Nearby words

  1. tinnery,
  2. tinnevelly,
  3. tinnevelly senna,
  4. tinnient,
  5. tinning,
  6. tinny,
  7. tinpot,
  8. tinsel,
  9. tinselly,
  10. tinselry

Origin of tinnitus

1685–95; < Latin tinnītus a tinkling, equivalent to tinnī(re) to tinkle + -tus suffix of v. action

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British Dictionary definitions for tinnitus



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

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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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Medicine definitions for tinnitus


[tĭ-nītəs, tĭnĭ-]

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.

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Science definitions for 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.
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