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[ton-suh-lek-tuh-mee] /ˌtɒn səˈlɛk tə mi/
noun, plural tonsillectomies. Surgery
the operation of excising or removing one or both tonsils.
Origin of tonsillectomy
1900-05; < Latin tōnsill(ae) tonsils + -ectomy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tonsillectomy
  • It's that tonsillectomy the patient in this link had that did the trick.
  • One of his earliest memories was being taken to the dentist, who performed a tonsillectomy on him without anaesthetic.
  • Often, adenoid removal is done at the same time as a tonsillectomy, surgery to remove the tonsils.
  • Management of sore throat and indications for tonsillectomy.
British Dictionary definitions for tonsillectomy


noun (pl) -mies
surgical removal of the palatine tonsils
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Word Origin and History for tonsillectomy

1899, from tonsil + -ectomy. A hybrid with a Greek ending. A correct formation all from Greek would be amygdalectomy.

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tonsillectomy in Medicine

tonsillectomy ton·sil·lec·to·my (tŏn'sə-lěk'tə-mē)
Surgical removal of tonsils or a tonsil.

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tonsillectomy in Science
Surgical removal of the tonsils.
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