Definition of tinnitus in US English:



  • Ringing or buzzing in the ears.

    • ‘Sometimes tinnitus is a symptom of a disease, like an ear infection or Meniere's disease.’
    • ‘Here I don't have to strain to try and get rid of the buzzing and ringing tinnitus that is with me every waking hour.’
    • ‘Treatment is based on trying to control the associated symptoms of vertigo, tinnitus and deafness.’
    • ‘The tinnitus and pain occurred simultaneously while the patient was sleeping.’
    • ‘This condition has the associated symptoms of tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and difficulty with hearing.’
    hum, humming, buzzing, murmur, drone, whir, whirring, fizz, fizzing, fuzz, hiss, singing, whisper
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Mid 19th century: from Latin, from tinnire ‘to ring, tinkle’, of imitative origin.