oto-, ot-, -otic +
(Greek: ear; relationship to the ear)
2. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the ear, nose, and throat.
A medical and surgical specialty concerned with the diagnosis, management, and treatment of diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT) and related structures of the head and neck, including the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, and upper pharynx (mouth and throat).
Subspecialty areas within otolaryngology include pediatric otolaryngology (children), otology/neurotology (ears, balance, and tinnitus), allergy, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck, laryngology (throat), and rhinology (nose).
Otolaryngology is commonly called ENT by medical specialists in these fields. It is said to be the oldest medical specialty in the United States.
An ear stone. Collectively, the otoliths are called ear sand and otoconite.
2. A branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis and medical treatment and surgery of the ear, and its anatomy, physiology, and pathology.
2. Defective hearing due to a paretic (slight or partial paralysis) condition of the tensor tympani or stapedius muscle (one of the muscles of the auditory ossicles, or a small bone, especially one of those in the middle ear, which transmit vibrations).