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otitis externa

[ik-stur-nuh] /ɪkˈstɜr nə/
noun, Pathology
1.
inflammation of the external ear.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < New Latin: external otitis
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otitis externa in Medicine

otitis externa otitis ex·ter·na (ĭk-stûr'nə)
n.
Inflammation of the external auditory canal.

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external otitis

dermatitis of the external auditory canal and sometimes also of the exposed ear. The skin on these ear parts becomes dry, scaling, and itchy, and there may be foul-smelling watery or purulent discharge, pain, fever, and intermittent deafness. Predisposing factors include excessive perspiration, trauma, allergy, underwater swimming and diving, and a warm, damp environment. The infection, which may be recurrent, is usually bacterial in origin

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