Usually adenoids. an enlarged mass of lymphoid tissue in the upper pharynx, often obstructing breathing through the nasal passages.
of or relating to the lymph glands.
of or relating to the adenoids.
Origin of adenoid
From the Greek
dating back to 1830–40.
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British Dictionary definitions for adenoid
of or resembling a gland
of or relating to lymphoid tissue, as that found in the lymph nodes, spleen, tonsils, etc
of or relating to the adenoids
Word Origin for adenoid
C19: from Greek adenoeidēs. See adeno-, -oid
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Word Origin and History for adenoid
1839, "gland-like," medical Latin adenoideus, from Greek adenoeides, from aden (genitive adenos) "gland" (see inguinal) + eidos "form" (see -oid). Adenoids "adenoid growths" attested by 1862.
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A lymphoid tissue growth located at the back of the nose in the upper part of the throat that when swollen may obstruct normal breathing and make speech difficult.
adenoids Hypertrophy of the pharyngeal tonsil resulting from chronic inflammation.
Related formsad′e•noi′dal (ăd′n-oid′l) adj.
Of, relating to, or resembling lymphatic glands or lymphatic tissue.
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