Definition of Tonsil

1. Noun. Either of two masses of lymphatic tissue one on each side of the oral pharynx.

Exact synonyms: Faucial Tonsil, Palatine Tonsil, Tonsilla
Generic synonyms: Lymphatic Tissue, Lymphoid Tissue
Group relationships: Nasopharynx



Definition of Tonsil

1. n. One of the two glandular organs situated in the throat at the sides of the fauces. The tonsils are sometimes called the almonds, from their shape.

Definition of Tonsil

1. Noun. (anatomy immunology) Either of a pair of small masses of lymphoid tissue that lie on each side of the throat and that help protect the body against infection; palatine tonsil. ¹

2. Noun. (anatomy immunology) Any of various small masses of lymphoid tissues, including palatine tonsils, adenoids and lingual tonsils. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tonsil

1. a lymphoid organ [n -S] : TONSILAR [adj]

Medical Definition of Tonsil

1. One of the two glandular organs situated in the throat at the sides of the fauces. The tonsils are sometimes called the almonds, from their shape. Origin: L. Tonsill, pl., cf. F. Tonsille. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tonsil

tonometry
tonophant
tonoplast
tonoplast intrinsic protein
tonoplasts
tonoscillograph
tonotopic
tonotopically
tonotropic
tonous
tonqua bean
tonqua beans
tonquin bean
tonquin beans
tons
tonsil (current term)
tonsil-hockey
tonsil hockey
tonsil tennis
tonsilar
tonsile
tonsilitic
tonsilitis
tonsilitises
tonsilla
tonsilla adenoidea
tonsilla cerebelli
tonsilla intestinalis
tonsilla lingualis
tonsilla palatina

Literary usage of Tonsil

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1. Diseases of the Nose, Throat and Ear: Medical and Surgical by William Lincoln Ballenger (1914)
"Apparently the only tissue cut was the mucous membrane of the two pillars at their junction with the tonsil. The muscular bed upon which the tonsils rested ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1902)
"THE NORMAL tonsil. Considered either from the anatomical or physiological view-points, the various lymphoid tissues of Waldeyer's ring present fundamental ..."

3. A Text-book of Diseases of the Nose and Throat by David Braden Kyle (1907)
"Membranous Inflammation of the tonsil. 6. Chronic: 2. Caseous tonsillitis. 1. Enlargement or Hypertrophy of the tonsil. 3. ..."

4. Medical Record by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman (1891)
"As we have said suppuration in the neighborhood of the tonsil occasionally follows an attack of follicular tonsillitis, but in a very much larger percentage ..."

5. A Text-book of Diseases of the Nose and Throat by David Braden Kyle (1900)
"Chronic Abscess of the tonsil. 4. Atrophy of the tonsil. 5. Mycosis of the tonsil. e. Foreign Bodies in the tonsils, The faucial tonsil is, in reality, ..."

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