EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Anatomy a prominent oval mass of lymphoid tissue on each side of the throat. Origin of tonsil
First recorded in
1595–1605, tonsil is from the Latin word tōnsillae (plural) the tonsils Related forms ton·sil·lar, ton·sil·ar, ton·sil·lar·y , [ ton-s uh-ler-ee] /ˈtɒn səˌlɛr i/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for tonsillar Historical Examples of tonsillar British Dictionary definitions for tonsillar noun Also called: palatine tonsil either of two small masses of lymphatic tissue situated one on each side of the back of the mouth Related adjective: amygdaline anatomy any small rounded mass of tissue, esp lymphatic tissue Derived Forms tonsillar or tonsillary, adjective Word Origin for tonsil
C17: from Latin
tōnsillae (pl) tonsils, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tonsillar n.
c.1600, from Latin
tonsillae (plural) "tonsils," diminutive of toles "goiter," which is perhaps of Gaulish origin.
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adj. Of or relating to a tonsil, especially the palatine tonsil. n. 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
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