Otolaryngology or Otorhinolaryngology is a branch of medicine and surgery that deals with conditions of the head and neck area, which include the ear, nose and throat (and are sometimes known as ENT surgeons).
The word otolaryngology and its more complete name, otorhinolaryngology, are constructed from a combination Latin terms that derive from Greek:
- oto means ear
- rhino means nose
- laryngo means larynx, which is the voice box, in the throat
The correct pronunciation of otolaryngology is ow-toe-lah-ruhn-goh-loh-jee, while the pronunciation of otorhinolaryngology simply adds "rhino", pronounced as rye-noe, making it ow-toe-rye-noe-lah-ruhn-goh-loh-jee.