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tonsil

[ton-suh l] /ˈtɒn səl/
noun, Anatomy
1.
a prominent oval mass of lymphoid tissue on each side of the throat.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin tōnsillae (plural) the tonsils
Related forms
tonsillar, tonsilar, tonsillary
[ton-suh-ler-ee] /ˈtɒn səˌlɛr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tonsilar

tonsil

/ˈtɒnsəl/
noun
1.
Also called palatine tonsil. either of two small masses of lymphatic tissue situated one on each side of the back of the mouth related adjective amygdaline
2.
(anatomy) any small rounded mass of tissue, esp lymphatic tissue
Derived Forms
tonsillar, tonsillary, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tōnsillae (pl) tonsils, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tonsilar

tonsil

n.

c.1600, from Latin tonsillae (plural) "tonsils," diminutive of toles "goiter," which is perhaps of Gaulish origin.

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tonsilar in Medicine

tonsil ton·sil (tŏn'səl)
n.

  1. A collection of lymphoid tissue.

  2. A small oral mass of lymphoid tissue, especially either of two such masses embedded in the lateral walls of the opening between the mouth and the pharynx, of uncertain function, but believed to help protect the body from respiratory infections. Also called faucial tonsil, palatine tonsil.

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