|1.||Also called: palatine tonsil either of two small masses of lymphatic tissue situated one on each side of the back of the mouthRelated: amygdaline|
|2.||anatomy any small rounded mass of tissue, esp lymphatic tissue|
|[C17: from Latin tōnsillae (pl) tonsils, of uncertain origin]|
tonsil ton·sil (tŏn'səl)
A collection of lymphoid tissue.
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.