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tonsillitis

[ton-suh-lahy-tis]
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noun Pathology.
  1. inflammation of a tonsil or the tonsils.
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Origin of tonsillitis

1795–1805; < Latin tōnsill(ae) tonsils + -itis
Related formston·sil·lit·ic [ton-suh-lit-ik] /ˌtɒn səˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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tonsillitis

noun
  1. inflammation of the palatine tonsils, causing enlargement, occasionally to the extent that they nearly touch one another
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Derived Formstonsillitic (ˌtɒnsɪˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for tonsillitis

n.

also tonsilitis, 1801, from tonsil + -itis.

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tonsillitis in Medicine

tonsillitis

(tŏn′sə-lītĭs)
n.
  1. Inflammation of a tonsil, especially the palatine tonsil.
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Related formston′sil•litic (-lĭtĭk) adj.
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tonsillitis in Science

tonsillitis

[tŏn′sə-lītĭs]
  1. Inflammation of the tonsils, usually caused by bacterial infection.
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tonsillitis in Culture

tonsillitis

[(ton-suh-leye-tis)]

An inflammation of the tonsils, sometimes the result of a bacterial infection.

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