[ ti-nahy-tuhs, tin-i- ]

  1. a ringing or similar sensation of sound in the ears.

Origin of tinnitus

First recorded in 1685–95; from Latin tinnītus “a tinkling,” noun use of past participle of tinnīre “to tinkle,” of imitative origin

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British Dictionary definitions for tinnitus


/ (ˈtɪnɪtəs, tɪˈnaɪtəs) /

  1. 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

Origin of tinnitus

C19: from Latin, from tinnīre to ring

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Scientific definitions for tinnitus


[ tĭnĭ-təs, tĭ-nī- ]

  1. 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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