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Inflammation of the middle ear, occurring commonly in children as a result of infection and often causing pain and temporary hearing loss.
[New Latin : otitis + Latin media, feminine of medius, middle.]
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oti′tis me′di•a(ˈmi di ə)
inflammation of the middle ear, characterized by pain, dizziness, and impaired hearing.
[1870–75; < New Latin]
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An infection of the middle ear that sometimes causes damage to the eardrum and loss of hearing. It is often caused by bacteria entering the middle ear via the eustachian tube (tube that connects the middle ear to the nasal cavity).
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