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ˈtɒn səlton·sil

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tonsil, palatine tonsil, faucial tonsil, tonsillanoun

    either of two masses of lymphatic tissue one on each side of the oral pharynx


  1. tonsilnoun

    Either of a pair of small masses of lymphoid tissue that lie on each side of the throat and that help protect the body against infection; palatine tonsil.

    Etymology: From tonsilla, compare French tonsille.

  2. tonsilnoun

    Any of various small masses of lymphoid tissues, including palatine tonsils, adenoids and lingual tonsils.

    Etymology: From tonsilla, compare French tonsille.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tonsilnoun

    one of the two glandular organs situated in the throat at the sides of the fauces. The tonsils are sometimes called the almonds, from their shape


  1. Tonsil

    A tonsil is a collection of lymphoid tissue. The term most commonly refers specifically to the palatine tonsils, which are masses of lymphatic material situated at either side at the back of the human throat. The palatine tonsils and the nasopharyngeal tonsil are lymphoepithelial tissues located near the oropharynx and nasopharynx. These immunocompetent tissues are the immune system's first line of defense against ingested or inhaled foreign pathogens. However, the fundamental immunological roles of tonsils have yet to be understood. Tonsillitis is a disorder in which the tonsils are inflamed. The most common way to treat it is with anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, or if bacterial in origin, antibiotics. Many sufferers treat it by having their tonsils surgically removed by a tonsillectomy. The set of lymphatic tissue known as Waldeyer's tonsillar ring includes the adenoid tonsil, two tubal tonsils, two palatine tonsils, and the lingual tonsil.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tonsil

    ton′sil, n. one of two glands at the root of the tongue, so named from its shape.—n. Tonsilī′tis, inflammation of the tonsils.—adjs. Ton′sillar, Ton′silar, Tonsilit′ic. [L. tonsilla, a stake, a tonsil, dim. of tonsa, an oar.]

Editors Contribution

  1. tonsil

    An organ of the throat.

    There are two tonsils in the throat of a human, much more has to be learnt about the function and purpose in the human body.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 11, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tonsil in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tonsil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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