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  1. tonsilsnoun

    The uvula.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Almonds Of the throat

    or Tonsils, called improperly Almonds of the ears; are two round glands placed on the sides of the basis of the tongue, under the common membrane of the fauces; each of them has a large oval sinus, which opens into the fauces, and in it are a great number of lesser ones, which discharge themselves through the great sinus of a mucous and slippery matter into the fauces, larynx, and œsophagus, for the moistening and lubricating those parts. When the œsophagus muscle acts, it compresses the almonds, and they frequently are the occasion of a sore throat. John Quincy

    The tonsils, or Almonds of the Ears, are also frequently swelled in the king’s evil; which tumour may be very well reckoned a species of it. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.


  1. tonsils

    The tonsils are a set of lymphoid organs facing into the aerodigestive tract, which is known as Waldeyer's tonsillar ring and consists of the adenoid tonsil, two tubal tonsils, two palatine tonsils, and the lingual tonsils. These organs play an important role in the immune system. When used unqualified, the term most commonly refers specifically to the palatine tonsils, which are two lymphoid organs situated at either side of the back of the human throat. The palatine tonsils and the adenoid tonsil are organs consisting of lymphoepithelial tissue located near the oropharynx and nasopharynx (parts of the throat).

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  1. tonsils

    Plural form of the word tonsil.

    There are two tonsils in the throat of the human body.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 11, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tonsils in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tonsils in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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  1. Jeffrey Vlaming:

    CHRIS The bane and blessing of human nature. That old cat killer, curiosity. Something so deeply embedded in our psyches that it screams to us from ancient myths of Pandora. Eve. Lot's wife. JOEL Eve lost paradise, Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt. Knowledge doesn't come cheap my friend. CHRIS Good or bad, curiosity is woven into our DNA like tonsils or like the opposable thumb. It's the fire under the ass of the human experience

  2. Raj Dasgupta:

    What are going to be things that could block or clog or upper airways ? It's going to be the tonsils, the uvula, the soft palate and the tongue.

  3. The Wall:

    ‘You come in and you’ve got a bad sore throat, or your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore throats,’ PresidentObamaexplained at Wednesday’s press conference. ‘The doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, ‘You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out,’.

  4. American Lyles:

    I had to have my tonsils removed at six years old and there wasn't really a day in my early childhood where I don't remember going to the hospital, being on a breathing machine or being in the middle of the night and having to go to hospital because my chest was so restricted, being hooked up to a breathing machine...my mama staying with me the whole night. It wasn't the finest of times.

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