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A small oral mass of lymphoid tissue, especially either of two such masses embedded in the lateral walls of the opening between the mouth and the pharynx, of uncertain function, but believed to help protect the body from respiratory infections.

[From Latin tōnsillae, tonsils, diminutive of tōlēs, swollen tonsils.]

ton′sil·lar adj.


, tonsillary
a. tonsilar, rel. a una tonsila;
___ cryptcripta ___ o amigdalina;
___ fossafosa amigdalina.
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Incidental oral mucosal findings include dental caries, stained teeth, nicotine staining of mucosa, tonsillar inflammation, leukoplakia and cheilitis.
1%) had incidental findings including dental caries, stained teeth, mucosal staining, tonsillar inflammation, leukoplakia and cheilitis.
Cervical node lymphadenopathy and pharyngeal or tonsillar inflammation or exudates are common signs.