Definition of tonsil in English:

tonsil

Syllabification: ton·sil
Pronunciation: /ˈtänsəl
 
/

noun

  • Either of two small masses of lymphoid tissue in the throat, one on each side of the root of the tongue.
    More example sentences
    • Oral cancers occur in the mouth and the back of the throat, the tonsil, tongue, lip and voice box.
    • Sometimes surgery is needed to remove tonsils or extra tissue from the throat.
    • The major parts of the system are the bone marrow, spleen, thymus gland, lymph nodes, and the tonsils.

Derivatives

tonsillar

Pronunciation: /-sələr/
adjective
More example sentences
  • There was cerebral edema with slight uncal and cerebellar tonsillar prominence without frank herniation.
  • Clinically, the patient had an extensive ulcerating tonsillar tumour involving the right-sided soft palate, posterior buccal mucosa and posterior tongue base.
  • Obesity, tonsillar hypertrophy, neuromuscular disease, and a craniopharyngeal anomaly are risk factors present during wakefulness but do not invariably produce obstructive sleep apnea.

Origin

late 16th century: from French tonsilles or Latin tonsillae (plural).

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