swimmer's ear
noun Date: 1961 inflammation of the canal in the outer ear that is characterized by itching, redness, swelling, pain, and discharge and that typically occurs when water trapped in the outer ear during swimming becomes infected usually with a bacterium

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  • swimmer's ear — swim·mer s ear swim ərz n inflammation of the canal in the outer ear that is characterized by itching, redness, swelling, pain, discharge, and sometimes hearing loss and that typically occurs when water trapped in the outer ear during swimming… …   Medical dictionary

  • swimmer's ear — /ˈswɪməz ɪə/ (say swimuhz ear) noun an infection, otitis externa, of the outer ear canal and the outer surface of the eardrum, commonly caused by the retention of water in the ear canal, usually after prolonged periods of regular swimming …   Australian English dictionary

  • swimmer's ear — noun : inflammation of the canal in the outer ear that is characterized by itching, redness, swelling, pain, discharge, and sometimes hearing loss and that typically occurs when water trapped in the outer ear during swimming becomes infected with …   Useful english dictionary

  • swimmer's ear — Pathol. an inflammation of the outer ear occurring in persons who swim for long periods or fail to dry the ears. * * * …   Universalium

  • Surfer's Ear — is the common name for exostosis, abnormal bone growth, within the ear canal. Surfer s ear is not the same as swimmer s ear.Over time irritation from cold wind and water cause the bone surrounding the ear canal to develop lumps of new bony growth …   Wikipedia

  • Ear drop — Ear drops are a form of medicine used to treat or prevent ear infections, especially infections of the outer ear and ear canal (otitis externa). Bacterial infections are sometimes treated with antibiotics. Examples are: Ciprodex ear drops… …   Wikipedia

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  • Ear canal — External acoustic meatus Anatomy of the human ear. Latin meatus acusticus externus Gray s …   Wikipedia

  • Ear — The hearing organ. There are three sections of the ear, according to the anatomy textbooks. They are the outer ear (the part we see along the sides of our head behind the temples), the middle ear, and the inner ear. But in terms of function, the… …   Medical dictionary

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