Definition of adenoids in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈadɪnɔɪdz/

plural noun

A mass of enlarged lymphatic tissue between the back of the nose and the throat, often hindering speaking and breathing in young children.
Example sentences
  • Close to the front opening of the Eustachian tubes are masses of tissue called adenoids.
  • Even though some children may need surgery, it's important to remember that enlarged adenoids are normal in some children.
  • Enlarged adenoids can also be caused by repeated chest infections or allergies, but in other cases the cause is unknown.



Pronunciation: /adəˈnɔɪd(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • I hear that high, adenoidal voice that sounds like 50 other kids who have that same adenoidal voice.
  • Some listeners will probably find his voice a bit adenoidal for their tastes.
  • Mike's pinched, adenoidal tenor gave a little bite to the verses of their songs, but they were defined by Brian's angelic falsetto on the choruses.


Late 19th century: adenoid from Greek adēn 'gland' + -oid.

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