- a prominent oval mass of lymphoid tissue on each side of the throat.
Origin of tonsil
Examples from the Web for tonsillar
Historical Examples of tonsillar
This form of tonsillitis is very frequent, and is often confounded with parenchymatous tonsillitis or with tonsillar abscess.
These groups were selected from one large group, on the basis of presence or absence of tonsillar defect.Adenoids and Diseased Tonsils
Margaret Cobb Rogers
- 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 for tonsil
c.1600, from Latin tonsillae (plural) "tonsils," diminutive of toles "goiter," which is perhaps of Gaulish origin.
- Of or relating to a tonsil, especially the palatine tonsil.
- 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