Next came important work associating HPV with most of these new tongue and tonsil tumors.
If situated far back on the dorsum, it spreads on to the epiglottis, the pillars of the fauces, and the tonsil.
Occasionally there may be only one spot of white on the tonsil.
Mesue recommends a heated scalpel of gold to excise the tonsil.
But that only raises the further question, What is a tonsil?
Occasionally the process is limited to the tonsil, and there is no pharyngitis at all.
When this is impracticable, ablation of the tonsil may be necessary.
It is commonly enlarged in affections of the tonsil and posterior part of the tongue.
The tonsil is swollen, and the mucous membrane of the palate and the palatine folds is congested and often tumefied.
The tonsil itself is moderately swollen and its mucous membrane hypermic.
c.1600, from Latin tonsillae (plural) "tonsils," diminutive of toles "goiter," which is perhaps of Gaulish 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.