tonsillectomy

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noun ton·sil·lec·to·my \ˌtän(t)-sə-ˈlek-tə-mē\

Definition of tonsillectomy

plural

tonsillectomies

  1. :  the surgical removal of the tonsils

Examples of tonsillectomy in a sentence

  1. 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.

1899

First Known Use of tonsillectomy

1899


TONSILLECTOMY Defined for English Language Learners

tonsillectomy

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noun ton·sil·lec·to·my \ˌtän(t)-sə-ˈlek-tə-mē\

Definition of tonsillectomy for English Language Learners

  • medical : an operation to remove a person's tonsils


Medical Dictionary

tonsillectomy

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noun ton·sil·lec·to·my \ˌtän(t)-sə-ˈlek-tə-mē\

Medical Definition of tonsillectomy

plural

tonsillectomies

  1. :  surgical excision of the tonsils


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