Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One of two masses of lymphoid tissue located at the back of the nose in the upper part of the throat that may obstruct normal breathing and make speech difficult when swollen.
  • adjective Of or relating to lymphatic glands or lymphoid tissue; lymphoid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In the form of a gland; glandiform; glandular.
  • Of or pertaining to glands, especially to those of the lymphatic system.
  • noun An adenoid growth; specifically, an adenoid vegetation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Glandlike; glandular.
  • noun (Med.) A swelling produced by overgrowth of the adenoid tissue in the roof of the pharynx; -- usually in pl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective anatomy Of or relating to lymphatic glands or lymphoid tissue; lymphoid.
  • noun anatomy One of two folds of lymphatic tissue covered by ciliated epithelium. They are found in the roof and posterior wall of the nasopharynx at the back of the throat behind the uvula. They may obstruct normal breathing and make speech difficult when swollen, a condition often called adenitis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a collection of lymphatic tissue in the throat behind the uvula (on the posterior wall and roof of the nasopharynx)
  • adjective relating to or resembling lymphatic glands or lymphoid tissue

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek ἀδενοειδής (adenoeidēs), from ἀδήν (adēn, "gland") and εἶδος (eidos, "form").

Examples

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  • The only pretty girl whose prettiness appealed to Rowcliffe had an "adenoid" mouth which he held to be a drawback.

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  • Black said increasing numbers of trusts are postponing or axing provision of dozens of elective surgical procedures, including those for gallstones and tonsil and adenoid problems.

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  • THIS STUDY analyzed data from nine studies, involving 795 children who had a tonsillectomy, with or without adenoid removal, before they turned 18.

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  • THIS STUDY analyzed data from nine studies, involving 795 children who had a tonsillectomy, with or without adenoid removal, before they turned 18.

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  • There are about 7,000 such maladies, most of them serious, that have few or no drugs to treat them, from adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare head and neck cancer, to Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, which is associated with a tumor that causes the production of high levels of stomach acid.

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  • There are about 7,000 such maladies, most of them serious, that have few or no drugs to treat them, from adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare head and neck cancer, to Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, which is associated with a tumor that causes the production of high levels of stomach acid.

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  •             Dr. Winslow Crocker, Jr., the dean of adenoid surgeons in the highly-competitive Boston-Cambridge medical community, held his arms out while a nurse stretched rubber gloves onto his hands in preparation for surgery.

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