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[mass noun] A disease of unknown cause affecting the membranous labyrinth of the ear, causing progressive deafness and attacks of tinnitus and vertigo.
- ‘People with Ménière's disease can have attacks of vertigo that last up to twelve hours, often causing vomiting and leaving them completely exhausted.’
- ‘People who had had a stroke said that they had confused their symptoms with those of migraine, food poisoning, and Ménière's disease.’
- ‘I have a 70 decibel loss of hearing in my right ear, a result of the, fortunately unilateral, Ménière's syndrome that precipitated my premature retirement three and a half years ago.’
- ‘Preliminary data in Neuropsychopharmacology suggest that a third of patients with intractable Ménière's disease may actually have very high circulating levels of prolactin.’
- ‘Vertigo can also be a symptom of the more serious Ménière's disease.’
Late 19th century: named after Prosper Ménière (1799–1862), French physician.
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