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  • noun Plural form of tonsil.
  • noun nonstandard The uvula.


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  • "I'm fine," I answered, "but I had an awfully sore throat on Monday and one of my tonsils is swelled up yet."

    Aleta Dey

  • The breathing trouble was due to congestion in her throat as her tonsils were a bit swollen.

    2009 July « MeltedMoment's Weblog

  • Then they realized that the tonsils were a not-insignificant part of your immune system and now people are encouraged to keep them.

    Earth Hour: A Last Stab At The Dark « Unambiguously Ambidextrous

  • "Of all the surgical insanities within his recollection this onslaught on the tonsils was the worst -- not excepting the operation on the appendix."

    Valere Aude Dare to Be Healthy, Or, The Light of Physical Regeneration

  • The importance of the tonsils is a much disputed fact, but many doctors are currently becoming much more hesitant to remove a patient's tonsils than they had been previously.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • The spot where the spine enters the brain is called the cerebella tonsils, which is sealed inside the skull of a normal person.


  • When I was growing up in the fifties, medical experts thought it would be a good idea to excise organs such as tonsils or the appendix, which appeared to have no function.

    The Law of Unintended Consequences

  • Levy grinned and I knew, in his head, he was tickling her tonsils.

    Shortcut Man

  • Would you go to him to have your tonsils taken out or for advice as to which mutual fund to buy?

    Channeling Religious Impulses

  • Does anyone doubt Obama is stupid after his racist comment (and not knowing one fact re the issue) and his accusing Drs of taking kids tonsils out to make more money, even though the primary Dr does not take Drs out, nor the Pediatrictian.

    Obama to meet this week with professor, officer


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