Definition of otitis in English:


Syllabification: o·ti·tis
Pronunciation: /ōˈtītis


  • Inflammation of the ear, usually distinguished as otitis externa (of the passage of the outer ear), otitis media (of the middle ear), and otitis interna (of the inner ear; labyrinthitis).
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    • This difference was shown separately for recurrences of both acute otitis media and secretory otitis media.
    • Trauma, chronic exposure to moisture, and exostoses make otitis externa a common ailment among surfers.
    • Other exclusion criteria were a diagnosis of chronic suppurative otitis media or otitis with effusion, and otoscopic appearance consistent with crying or fever alone.


late 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek ous, ōt- 'ear' + -itis.

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