One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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).
- ‘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.’
- ‘They all presented with typical symptoms of bronchitis and recurrent sinusitis or otitis.’
- ‘Sinusitis and otitis media with effusion are recognised complications of rhinitis.’
- ‘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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