tonsillitis

noun

ton·​sil·​li·​tis ˌtän(t)-sə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce tonsillitis (audio)
: inflammation of the tonsils

Examples of tonsillitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 32-year-old star said the health scare started when she was diagnosed with tonsillitis while on holiday in December. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 19 Jan. 2024 The state-of-the-art facility treats a variety of conditions like tonsillitis, removal of adenoids, hand injuries, minor plastic surgery and ophthalmology, and will enable Evelina London to accommodate an additional 2,300 children per year. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 6 Dec. 2023 Penicillin is available by prescription and can treat gram-positive bacteria that cause illnesses such as strep throat, tetanus, and tonsillitis. Jenny Sweigard, Verywell Health, 16 Nov. 2023 Around 13% of the people in the study had been diagnosed with Covid at least four weeks before, and another 4.6% had been diagnosed with non-Covid acute respiratory infections, such as influenza, common cold, bronchitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis and ear infection. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 6 Oct. 2023 When this happens, a person is said to have tonsillitis. Pao Vang, M.d., Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2023 Children are more prone to tonsillitis than adults for a few reasons. Pao Vang, M.d., Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2023 Grint also recounted suffering from tonsillitis for several years after filming 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (the fourth film in the franchise). Glenn Garner, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2023 Shejust had her fourth child and came down with a chronic case of tonsillitis after one of her older children came home with strep throat. Gretchen Cuda Kroen, cleveland, 17 Jan. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tonsillitis was in 1801

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Cite this Entry

“Tonsillitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tonsillitis. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

tonsillitis

noun
ton·​sil·​li·​tis ˌtän(t)-sə-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce tonsillitis (audio)
: inflammation of the tonsils

Medical Definition

tonsillitis

noun
ton·​sil·​li·​tis ˌtän(t)-sə-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce tonsillitis (audio)
: 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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