2. Inflammation of the labyrinth, the system of intercommunicating canals and cavities within the inner ear responsible for sensing balance.
Labyrinthitis may be accompanied by the sudden onset of a feeling of vertigo triggered by head or body movement together with feelings of nausea and malaise which may be due to various causes including viral and bacterial infections.3. Etymology: the term labyrinth comes from the Greek labyrinthos for "a structure with intricate passages intersecting each other".
A labyrinth played a role in Greek mythology with reference to a maze on Crete where the monstrous Minotaur roamed and devoured his victims.