- a prominent oval mass of lymphoid tissue on each side of the throat.
Origin of tonsil
Examples from the Web for tonsils
Think the Frogtown settlers rinsed their tonsils with something that was “too wet to plow and too thick to drink”?Toledo: The Town Too Tough for Toxic Water
P. J. O’Rourke
August 4, 2014
Here's a transcript in case you're at the vet waiting for your cat's tonsils to be removed.The Things Not Asked; Tonight
October 22, 2012
The procedure is now the most common surgery performed in the U.S.—more common than getting your tonsils or appendix removed.The C-Section Backlash
October 17, 2009
Look for all the world just as I done when I had the tonsils two winters ago.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
The uvula, the pillars of the palate, and the tonsils are parts of the structure.The Child-Voice in Singing
Francis E. Howard
When your lungs were bursting through your chest and your heart was crowding your tonsils.Gigolo
He didn't so much as glance at her tonsils; he simply picked her up in his arms and hugged her.Dear Enemy
Frequently, about the third day, there are patches on the tonsils.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
- 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
Word Origin and History for tonsils
c.1600, from Latin tonsillae (plural) "tonsils," diminutive of toles "goiter," which is perhaps of Gaulish origin.
- 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
- The two oval-shaped masses of tissue at the back of the throat that lie between the mouth and the pharynx. The tonsils are thought to prevent infections of the breathing passages but often become infected themselves.