a mass of lymphoid tissue at the back of the throat behind the uvula: when enlarged it often restricts nasal breathing, esp in young children: Technical name: pharyngeal tonsil
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How to use adenoids in a sentence
Sometimes it's Snapper and sometimes it's Klick; I don't know which is which, but one of them has adenoids.
"I am sure any physician would say that Brindle's adenoids should be removed," commented Dum from the back seat.Vacation with the Tucker Twins | Nell Speed
If they are mouth breathers because they have adenoids, these must be removed.Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh
Foreign bodies must be removed, adenoids taken out, large tonsils excised, and malformations of the nasal bones operated upon.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.) | Grant Hague
We must therefore regard the presence of adenoids as a serious menace to the health and comfort of the patient.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.) | Grant Hague
Scientific definitions for adenoids
The small mass of lymphoid tissue located at the back of the nasal cavity. Swelling of the adenoids can block breathing through the nose.
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Cultural definitions for adenoids
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