noun, plural ton·sil·lec·to·mies. Surgery.
the operation of excising or removing one or both tonsils.
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Origin of tonsillectomy
1900–05; < Latin tōnsill(ae) tonsils + -ectomy
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noun plural -mies
surgical removal of the palatine tonsils
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Surgical removal of tonsils or a tonsil.
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Surgical removal of the tonsils.
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