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tonsillitis

[ ton-suh-lahy-tis ]
/ ˌtɒn səˈlaɪ tɪs /
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noun Pathology.
inflammation of a tonsil or the tonsils.

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Origin of tonsillitis

1795–1805; <Latin tōnsill(ae) tonsils + -itis

OTHER WORDS FROM tonsillitis

ton·sil·lit·ic [ton-suh-lit-ik], /ˌtɒn səˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tonsillitis

tonsillitis
/ (ˌtɒnsɪˈlaɪtɪs) /

noun
inflammation of the palatine tonsils, causing enlargement, occasionally to the extent that they nearly touch one another

Derived forms of tonsillitis

tonsillitic (ˌtɒnsɪˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for tonsillitis

tonsillitis
[ tŏn′sə-lītĭs ]

Inflammation of the tonsils, usually caused by bacterial infection.
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Cultural definitions for tonsillitis

tonsillitis
[ (ton-suh-leye-tis) ]

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

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