One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The bone forming the otic capsule of the inner ear, consisting of fused prootic, epiotic, and opisthotic bones.
Surrounding the ear, especially the inner ear; specifically designating each of the three bones (prootic, epiotic, and opisthotic) which constitute the otic capsule; designating the capsule itself.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From peri- + otic.
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