Definition of Tonsils

1. Noun. (plural of tonsil) ¹



2. Noun. (context: nonstandard plurale tantum) The uvula. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tonsils

1. tonsil [n] - See also: tonsil

Medical Definition of Tonsils

1. A collection of lymphoid tissue covered by mucous membranes located in several different areas on either side of the throat. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tonsils

tonsillitis
tonsillitises
tonsillo-
tonsillolingual sulcus
tonsillolith
tonsilloliths
tonsillopathy
tonsillotome
tonsillotomes
tonsillotomies
tonsillotomy
tonsilotome
tonsilotomes
tonsilotomies
tonsilotomy
tonsils (current term)
tonsor
tonsorial
tonsors
tonsure
tonsured
tonsures
tonsuring
tontine
tontine insurance
tontiner
tontiners
tontines
tontons
tonus

Literary usage of Tonsils

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1. Diseases of the Nose, Throat and Ear: Medical and Surgical by William Lincoln Ballenger (1914)
"The opinions of various observers since then have differed somewhat, especially in reference to the tuberculous process in the tonsils. ..."

2. The Diseases of Infancy and Childhood: For the Use of Students and by Luther Emmett Holt (1905)
"Associated with hypertrophy of the tonsils there are frequently found adenoid ... Hypertrophy of the tonsils is an exceedingly common con- dition in the ..."

3. The Diseases of Infancy and Childhood: For the Use of Students and by Luther Emmett Holt, John Howland (1911)
"THE tonsils are lymphoid structures closely resembling Fever's patches, ... These crypts, like the surface of the tonsils, are lined by epithelial cells. ..."

4. The Science and Art of Surgery: Being a Treatise on Surgical Injuries by John Eric Erichsen (1873)
"The tonsils are not unfrequently the seat of disease, becoming inflamed or permanently enlarged. When inflamed, they become swollen and red, with much pain ..."

5. The Diseases of Infancy and Childhood: For the Use of Students and by Luther Emmett Holt, John Howland (1911)
"THE tonsils are lymphoid structures closely resembling Peyer's patches, ... These crypts, like the surface of the tonsils, are lined by epithelial cells. ..."

6. Diseases of the Nose, Throat and Ear, Medical and Surgical: Medical and Surgical by William Lincoln Ballenger (1908)
"THE tonsils AS PORTALS OF INFECTION. SINCE Strassmann reported 13 cases of tuberculous tonsils in 21 tuberculous cadavers the tonsils have commanded ..."

7. International Clinics: A Quarterly of Clinical Lectures by Henry W. Cattell, M. D. Witherspoon (1901)
"It was formerly taught that the faucial tonsils were the only tonsil-like tissue in the throat, but we now know that such tissue commences high up in the ..."

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