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tinnitus

[ti-nahy-tuh s, tin-i-] /tɪˈnaɪ təs, ˈtɪn ɪ-/
noun, Pathology
1.
a ringing or similar sensation of sound in the ears.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; < Latin tinnītus a tinkling, equivalent to tinnī(re) to tinkle + -tus suffix of v. action
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Examples from the web for tinnitus
  • Distraction appears to be an effective technique to avoid the phantom noise of tinnitus.
  • The damage is often accompanied by a nonstop buzzing called tinnitus.
  • My recently acquired tinnitus is more bearable, as my fitness routine distracts my attention from the tinnitus.
  • As if the guy weren't remarkable enough, he does all this while suffering from tinnitus.
  • tinnitus is often more noticeable when you go to bed at night because your surroundings are quieter.
  • tinnitus is a symptom that can't be cured, but it can be lived with.
  • tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears, is also commonly reported.
British Dictionary definitions for tinnitus

tinnitus

/ˈtɪnɪtəs; tɪˈnaɪtəs/
noun
1.
(pathol) a ringing, hissing, or booming sensation in one or both ears, caused by infection of the middle or inner ear, a side effect of certain drugs, etc
Word Origin
C19: from Latin, from tinnīre to ring
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Word Origin and History for tinnitus
n.

1843, from Latin tinnitus, from tinnire "to ring, tinkle" (see tintinnabulation).

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tinnitus in Medicine

tinnitus tin·ni·tus (tĭ-nī'təs, tĭn'ĭ-)
n. pl. tin·ni·tus·es
A sound in one ear or both ears, such as buzzing, ringing, or whistling, occurring without an external stimulus and usually caused by a specific condition, such as an ear infection, the use of certain drugs, a blocked auditory tube or canal, or a head injury.

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tinnitus in Science
tinnitus
  (tĭn'ĭ-təs, tĭ-nī'-)   
A buzzing, ringing, or whistling sound in one or both ears occurring without an external stimulus. Its causes include ear infection or blockage, certain drugs, head injury, and neurologic disease.
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Encyclopedia Article for tinnitus

ringing or buzzing in the ears. Tinnitus may be caused by any of a number of ear conditions, including the clogging of the external auditory canal with earwax (cerumen) or inflammation of the eardrum membrane, the middle ear, or the inner ear. Tinnitus may also result from an overdose of drugs such as aspirin or from excessive use of the telephone, and it may accompany hearing loss, particularly in the high-frequency range. Ringing in the ears also sometimes accompanies vertigo (dizziness).

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