American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small oral mass of lymphoid tissue, especially either of two such masses embedded in the lateral walls of the opening between the mouth and the pharynx, of uncertain function, but believed to help protect the body from respiratory infections.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of two prominent oval bodies situated in the recesses formed, one on each side of the fauces, between the anterior and posterior palatine arches. They are composed of lymphoid follicles, surrounded by less dense lymphoid tissue, arranged around the walls of a number of crypts. See also cut under
- n. One of a pair of small superficial lobes of the cerebellum; the cerebellar amygdala. Also tonsilla in both senses.
- n. 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.
- n. anatomy, immunology Any of various small masses of lymphoid tissues, including palatine tonsils, adenoids and lingual tonsils.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) 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.
- n. either of two masses of lymphatic tissue one on each side of the oral pharynx
- From Latin tonsilla, compare French tonsille. (Wiktionary)
- From Latin tōnsillae, tonsils, diminutive of tōlēs, swollen tonsils. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“No longer; first base is today deep kissing, also known as tonsil hockey.”
“And indeed, as Dr. Mackenzie freely remarks: "Of far graver, far-reaching and deeper significance are cases of infection in which life has doubtless been sacrificed by clinging to the lazy and stupefying delusion that the tonsil is the sole portal of poisoning.”
“Between the plica triangularis and the surface of the tonsil is a space known as the tonsillar sinus; in many cases, however, this sinus is obliterated by its walls becoming adherent.”
“The arteries supplying the tonsil are the dorsalis linguæ from the lingual, the ascending palatine and tonsillar from the external maxillary, the ascending pharyngeal from the external carotid, the descending palatine branch of the internal maxillary, and a twig from the small meningeal.”
“Tonsilloliths, also known as tonsil stones, are irregularly shaped, whitish/yellow, foul-smelling globs of mucus and bacteria that get caught in the back of the throat.”
“This new method, which is based on citraconic acid, has not been previously used in brain tissue although it has been employed in various other tissues such as tonsil, ovary, skin, lymph node, stomach, breast, colon, lung and thymus.”
“This new method, which is based on the use of citraconic acid, has not been previously utilized in brain tissue although it has been employed in various other tissues such as tonsil, ovary, skin, lymph node, stomach, breast, colon, lung and thymus.”
“Smith, a fifth-round pick by the Ravens in 2007, was considered the frontrunner for the starting job in 2008 until he came down with a tonsil infection that sidelined him for seven weeks.”
“As of September 9th 2008, Fravia had stopped updating his site and holding conferences after being diagnosed and receiving treatment for a Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the tonsil, that metastasized .”
“Thousands of patients awaiting procedures such as gall bladder surgery, tonsil removal or hernia treatment will be affected.”
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