Meaning of otalgia in English:


Pronunciation /əʊˈtaldʒ(ɪ)ə/


mass nounMedicine
  • Earache.

    ‘The main presenting symptoms were otalgia, sensation of blocked ears, hearing loss, otorrhoea and pruritis.’
    • ‘In our study, the main presenting symptoms were otalgia and sensation of blockage.’
    • ‘They were advised to use antibiotics if their child had severe otalgia or fever after 72 hours or if discharge lasted for 10 days or more.’
    • ‘Patients with external otitis complain of otalgia and sensitivity to auricular movement.’
    • ‘They studied children brought to family physicians in southern England with acute otalgia.’


Mid 17th century from Greek ōtalgia, from ous, ōt- ‘ear’ + algos ‘pain’.