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tonsil definition

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This page has two definitions of tonsil in English. Tonsil is a noun. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English

Etymology

Late 16th century borrowing from French tonsille or Latin tonsillae (the tonsils in the throat, plural).

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Noun

tonsil (plural tonsils)

  1. (anatomy, immunology) Ellipsis of palatine tonsil.
  2. (anatomy, immunology) Any of various small masses of lymphoid tissues.
    Hyponyms: adenoid, faucial tonsil, lingual tonsil, Luschka's tonsil, nasopharyngeal tonsil, palatine tonsil, pharyngeal tonsil, third tonsil

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