• WordNet 3.6
    • n tonsil either of two masses of lymphatic tissue one on each side of the oral pharynx
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The purpose of tonsils is to destroy foreign substances that are swallowed or breathed in
    • n Tonsil (Anat) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tonsil One of two prominent oval bodies situated in the recesses formed, one on each side of the fauces, between the anterior and posterior palatine arches. They are composed of lymphoid follicles, surrounded by less dense lymphoid tissue, arranged around the walls of a number of crypts. See also cut under tongue.
    • n tonsil One of a pair of small superficial lobes of the cerebellum; the cerebellar amygdala. Also tonsilla in both senses.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tonsil ton′sil one of two glands at the root of the tongue, so named from its shape
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tonsill,, pl.: cf. F. tonsille,.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tonsilla, a stake, a tonsil, dim. of tonsa, an oar.


In literature:

Tonsilitis: Angina, "sore throat," IV, 508; treatment of acute, IV, 510.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)" by W. Grant Hague, M.D.
When at St. Albans he spent six weeks in hospital suffering from tonsilitis.
"The Red Horizon" by Patrick MacGill
Where can we get a little something to clear the cobwebs out of our tonsils?
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
When your lungs were bursting through your chest and your heart was crowding your tonsils.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
Eighteen had enlarged tonsils.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
Baby has adenoids or diseased tonsils.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Croup is most frequently associated with large tonsils and adenoids.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
But that only raises the further question, What is a tonsil?
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
Mrs. Campbell gave him to me when I had the tonsilitis.
"Mary Rose of Mifflin" by Frances R. Sterrett
Siphylitic tonsilitis is almost the only throat complaint noticeable in Sistan, but inflammation of the palate is not rare.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
In Class II I found a more motley throng, led by the collar-bone on the one hand and the tonsils on the other.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
Or send him to Alexander and have his back ironed out, if necessary so that his tonsils will work as they are.
"The Ghost in the White House" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Got the job with His Tonsils?
"Americans All" by Various
My tonsils are plumb full of it yet.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
Tonsilitis was seldom fatal, after all; and what an excellent excuse to visit her it would be when she was getting better!
"Tutors' Lane" by Wilmarth Lewis
There were many cases of tonsilitis, colds and such ills.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
See Tonsillitis, Class II.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Even the North Northumbrian girls talk as if they suffered from chronic tonsillitis, or their tongues were too broad at the base.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
Has ever since she was a little girl when they took out her tonsils.
"The Carter Girls" by Nell Speed
Mesue recommends a heated scalpel of gold to excise the tonsil.
"Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times" by John Stewart Milne

In poetry:

Sleeping mid gold and wealth untold
Dreaming of fortunes in Consols
To awake in the morn with a coat on your tongue
And a camisole on your tonsils.
"Call Of The Yukon" by Billy Bennett
You wheeze as a head-cold long-tonsilled Calliope,
But God! what a sight you ha' got o' our in'ards,
Mad as a hatter but surely no Myope,
Broad as all ocean and leanin' man-kin'ards.
"Mesmerism" by Ezra Pound
And the mayor was there —with his " Lady Mayor "
—He'd promised us fourpence —in consols —
He started to sing " God save the King ",
But "back-fired" and-swallowed his tonsils !
"One Over The Eight (Football Score!)" by T W Connor

In news:

Giant retropharyngeal abscess in an adult as a complication of acute tonsillitis: Case report.
Trevor Cooney, back from tonsil surgery, plays 23 minutes vs Bloomsburg.
Coblation cryptolysis to treat tonsil stones: A retrospective case series.
We introduce a novel and potentially effective approach in the treatment of tonsil stones using Coblation technology.
"For it to get to in the back of the throat to the tonsils , it is oral sex that increases the risk," Dr Cognetti explains.
Tonsil biopsy sampling was done on 20 patients with suspected prion disease.
"If you get tonsillitis more than three times a year you should see a doctor, get your tonsils checked," says Groban.
The Ravens can now publicly thank…. tonsillitis .
I had my tonsils removed at age 7—I didn't have a choice.
Giant retropharyngeal abscess in an adult as a complication of acute tonsillitis : Case report.
Kids' tonsillitis often returns despite antibiotic therapy, a new study shows.
Brandy was eight-years-old when she presented with chronic tonsillitis .
Production on "Glee's" post-Super Bowl episode was canceled on Friday due to tonsilitis, a rep for 20th Century Fox confirmed to Access Hollywood.
On Sept 8, 2001, I had my tonsils removed.
More importantly, what is the way to prevent tonsil stones.

In science:

They activate TL of tonsils or skin lymph nodes. PG-specific TL are selected due to contacts with PG+Mo (transformed to PG+MoDC).
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
Only such PsB can show their psoriagenity, which are able to form stable colonies in such place of human body from which products of bacterial disintegration constantly get to blood flow. Tonsils and mucous small intestines are unfortunately the most suitable to this place.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
Three patients recovered from psoriasis after tonsillectomy. Identical TL -receptors of TL in tonsils and psoriatic plaques was previously shown (Diluvio 2006).
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
Fig. 2. PG-induced TL (T-lymphocytes) activation in temporary guttate psoriasis (GP) and chronic psoriasis (CPs). In GP, streptococci in the tonsils produce toxins (e.g.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process