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n. pl. os·ti·a (-tē-ə)
1. A small opening or orifice, as in a body organ or passage.
2. Any of the small openings or pores in a sponge, through which water is drawn in.

[Latin ōstium, door, opening, from ōs, mouth; see ōs- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -tia (-tɪə)
1. (Zoology) any of the pores in sponges through which water enters the body
2. (Zoology) any of the openings in the heart of an arthropod through which blood enters
3. (Biology) any similar opening
[C17: from Latin: door, entrance]


(ˈɒs ti əm)

n., pl. -ti•a (-ti ə)
a small opening or orifice of the body.
[1655–65; < Latin ōstium entrance, river mouth]
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Exclusion criteria included (1) a personal or family history of cleft palate, (2) a personal history of orthodontic treatment or oral, pharyngeal, craniofacial, or nasal surgery, (3) the presence of obstruction of the tympanic ostium of the eustachian tube, and (4) the presence of a cholesteatoma.
Therefore, we can suggest that nasal blockage plays a role in the genesis of tubal dysfunction by contributing to the obstruction of the tympanic ostium. Obstruction of the tympanic ostium is related to conditions such as adenoid hypertrophy and allergies that affect the respiratory mucosa.