noun ton·sil·li·tis \-ˈlī-təs\

medical : a condition in which a person's tonsils are painful and swollen

Full Definition of TONSILLITIS

:  inflammation of the tonsils


New Latin
First Known Use: 1801
TONSILLITIS Defined for Kids


noun ton·sil·li·tis \ˌtän-sə-ˈlī-təs\

Definition of TONSILLITIS for Kids

:  a sore reddened state of the tonsils
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noun ton·sil·li·tis \ˌtän(t)-sə-ˈlīt-əs\

Medical Definition of TONSILLITIS

:  inflammation of the tonsils and especially the palatine tonsils typically due to viral or bacterial infection and marked by red enlarged tonsils usually with sore throat, fever, difficult swallowing, hoarseness or loss of voice, and tender or swollen lymph nodes


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