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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.
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, tonsillary
a. tonsilar, rel. a una tonsila;
___ cryptcripta ___ o amigdalina;
___ fossafosa amigdalina.
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Tonsillar branch: A branch originated from the ascending pharyngeal plexus accompanying the tonsillar branch of the ascending pharyngeal artery to the palatine tonsil (Fig.
[4] The adventitia or even the lumen of named vessels--specifically the tonsillar branches of the facial artery--can be engaged by the needle and cause profuse delayed bleeding.