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[ti-nahy-tuh s, tin-i-] /tɪˈnaɪ təs, ˈtɪn ɪ-/
noun, Pathology
a ringing or similar sensation of sound in the ears.
Origin of tinnitus
1685-95; < Latin tinnītus a tinkling, equivalent to tinnī(re) to tinkle + -tus suffix of v. action Unabridged
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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


/ˈtɪnɪtəs; tɪˈnaɪtəs/
(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

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
  (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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