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tonsillectomy

[ ton-suh-lek-tuh-mee ]
/ ˌtɒn səˈlɛk tə mi /
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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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How to use tonsillectomy in a sentence

  • For that matter, they might have noticed her unrecorded tonsillectomy and considered her fair bait.

    Badge of Infamy|Lester del Rey

British Dictionary definitions for tonsillectomy

tonsillectomy
/ (ˌtɒnsɪˈlɛktəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies
surgical removal of the palatine tonsils
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for tonsillectomy

tonsillectomy
[ tŏn′sə-lĕktə-mē ]

n.
Surgical removal of tonsils or a tonsil.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for tonsillectomy

tonsillectomy
[ tŏn′sə-lĕktə-mē ]

Surgical removal of the tonsils.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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