Definition of tonsillectomy
: the surgical removal of the tonsils
Examples of tonsillectomy in a sentence
The surgeon performed a tonsillectomy.
Did You Know?
The tonsils are the areas of tissue that you can see in the mirror on both sides of your throat (not to be confused with the uvula, which hangs down in the middle). Tonsillectomy, the most common surgery performed on children in the U.S., is intended to relieve tonsillitis, or inflammation of the tonsils (usually by strep or staph bacteria). But the fact is, tonsillitis can often be successfully treated with antibiotics, which means that surgery, including the week or two of pain and discomfort that follows it, is generally unnecessary.
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TONSILLECTOMY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tonsillectomy for English Language Learners
medical : an operation to remove a person's tonsils
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