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adenoids

/ (ˈædɪˌnɔɪdz) /
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pl n

a mass of lymphoid tissue at the back of the throat behind the uvula: when enlarged it often restricts nasal breathing, esp in young childrenTechnical name: pharyngeal tonsil

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Scientific definitions for adenoids

adenoids
[ ădn-oidz′ ]

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

adenoids
[ (ad-n-oydz, ad-noydz) ]

Two masses of tissue at the junction of the nose and throat, which, like the tonsils, function in the lymphatic system. They help filter out harmful microorganisms that can cause infection. Continually swollen adenoids may interfere with breathing and affect speech.

notes for adenoids

Adenoids are sometimes surgically removed along with the tonsils if they are persistently inflamed (see inflammation).

notes for adenoids

Swollen adenoids give a distinctive nasal sound to the voice.
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