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[ti-nahy-tuh s, tin-i-]
noun Pathology.
  1. a ringing or similar sensation of sound in the ears.
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Origin of tinnitus

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


(tĭ-nītəs, tĭnĭ-)
n. pl. tin•ni•tus•es
  1. 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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tinnitus in Science


[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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