Definition of otic in US English:

otic

adjective

Anatomy
  • Relating to the ear.

    • ‘Like the ethmoid and otic regions, it is strongly associated with a suite of important sensory structures.’
    • ‘Compromise of the arteries supplying the otic region can lead to tinnitus, hearing loss and vertigo.’
    • ‘This nerve carries the otic ganglion, which is derived from glossopharyngeal neurons.’
    • ‘In the remaining time before hatching, eyes develop from the optic vesicles, and the inner ear develops from the otic vesicles.’
    • ‘It forms the floor of the braincase under the posterior part of the otic capsule.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Greek ōtikos, from ous, ōt- ‘ear’.

Pronunciation

otic

/ˈōtik/