- a prominent oval mass of lymphoid tissue on each side of the throat.
Origin of tonsil
First recorded in 1595–1605, tonsil is from the Latin word tōnsillae (plural) the tonsils
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Examples from the Web for tonsil
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Occasionally there may be only one spot of white on the tonsil.
But that only raises the further question, What is a tonsil?Preventable Diseases
Mesue recommends a heated scalpel of gold to excise the tonsil.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times
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When this is impracticable, ablation of the tonsil may be necessary.
The tonsil group was composed of 236 cases, and the normal group, of 294.Adenoids and Diseased Tonsils
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- Also called: palatine tonsil either of two small masses of lymphatic tissue situated one on each side of the back of the mouthRelated adjective: amygdaline
- anatomy any small rounded mass of tissue, esp lymphatic tissue
C17: from Latin tōnsillae (pl) tonsils, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tonsil
c.1600, from Latin tonsillae (plural) "tonsils," diminutive of toles "goiter," which is perhaps of Gaulish origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.faucial tonsil palatine tonsil
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