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adenoid

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noun ad·e·noid \ˈa-də-ˌnȯid, ˈad-ˌnȯid\

Definition of adenoid

  1. :  either of two abnormally enlarged masses of lymphoid tissue at the back of the pharynx that usually obstruct the nasal and ear passages; also :  such a mass when not abnormally enlarged —usually used in plural



Origin of adenoid

Greek adenoeidēs glandular, from adēn


First Known Use: circa 1890


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adenoid

adjective ad·e·noid

Definition of adenoid

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the adenoids

  2. 2 :  relating to, affected with, or associated with abnormally enlarged adenoids <a severe adenoid condition> <adenoid facies>



Circa 1947

First Known Use of adenoid

circa 1947


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