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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Noise such as buzzing, ringing, or whistling, heard in the ear without an external stimulus and having multiple causes including infection, trauma, and drugs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In medicine, a ringing in the ears.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A ringing, whistling, or other imaginary noise perceived in the ears; -- called also tinnitus aurium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The perception of noise, such as a ringing or beating sound, which has no external source.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a ringing or booming sensation in one or both ears; a symptom of an ear infection or Meniere's disease

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin tinnītus, from past participle of tinnīre, to ring, of imitative origin.]

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From Latin tinnītus ("a jingling, ringing").

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