follow Dictionary.com

8 Wintry Words to Defrost Your Vocabulary

tonsillitis

[ton-suh-lahy-tis] /ˌtɒn səˈlaɪ tɪs/
noun, Pathology
1.
inflammation of a tonsil or the tonsils.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Latin tōnsill(ae) tonsils + -itis
Related forms
tonsillitic
[ton-suh-lit-ik] /ˌtɒn səˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for tonsillitis
  • For a sore throat caused by bacterial tonsillitis, antibiotic treatment may be recommended.
British Dictionary definitions for tonsillitis

tonsillitis

/ˌtɒnsɪˈlaɪtɪs/
noun
1.
inflammation of the palatine tonsils, causing enlargement, occasionally to the extent that they nearly touch one another
Derived Forms
tonsillitic (ˌtɒnsɪˈlɪtɪk) adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for tonsillitis
n.

also tonsilitis, 1801, from tonsil + -itis.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
tonsillitis in Medicine

tonsillitis ton·sil·li·tis (tŏn'sə-lī'tĭs)
n.
Inflammation of a tonsil, especially the palatine tonsil.


ton'sil·lit'ic (-lĭt'ĭk) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
tonsillitis in Science
tonsillitis
  (tŏn'sə-lī'tĭs)   
Inflammation of the tonsils, usually caused by bacterial infection.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
tonsillitis in Culture
tonsillitis [(ton-suh-leye-tis)]

An inflammation of the tonsils, sometimes the result of a bacterial infection.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for tonsillitis

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for tonsillitis

11
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for tonsillitis