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Definition of tonsillitis

: inflammation of the tonsils

Examples of tonsillitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The final straw came during a semester abroad in Italy when Stein came down with a really bad bout of tonsillitis. Michella Oré, Glamour, "Carly Stein Left Her Job in Banking to Build a Bee Empire," 5 Nov. 2020 Milholland died of tonsillitis, anemia and probable exhaustion before the White House protests began. Alli Hartley-kong, Smithsonian Magazine, "Radical Protests Propelled the Suffrage Movement. Here’s How a New Museum Captures That History," 26 Oct. 2020 Fortunately for Solskjaer, £50m summer signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka is close to a return following a bout of tonsillitis, while Solskjaer has remained hopeful that Paul Pogba will be available., "Man Utd vs Liverpool Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 17 Oct. 2019 He eventually was diagnosed with flu and tonsillitis and then discharged, but not before he was photographed lying on the floor cushioned by a coat with an oxygen mask nearby. Washington Post, "Photo of sick boy on floor roils British election campaign," 11 Dec. 2019 In October, Miley was hospitalized for tonsillitis, but then doctors discovered that there was also an issue in her vocal chords, one that had actually been brewing for years. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Miley Cyrus Must Be Silent For Several Weeks in Order to Recover from Health Issue," 11 Nov. 2019 But two days before the test date, Buckingham’s son came down with tonsillitis. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Jane Buckingham, parenting book author, gets three weeks in prison in admissions scandal," 23 Oct. 2019 But two days before the test date, Buckingham’s son came down with tonsillitis. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "California author of how-to-parent book sentenced to prison for cheating to get her son into good college," 23 Oct. 2019 Doctors typically begin a tonsillitis diagnosis with a medical history and current symptoms. Korin Miller,, "Miley Cyrus Has Been Hospitalized With Tonsillitis—Here's What You Need to Know About the Infection," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of tonsillitis

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tonsillitis

New Latin

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11 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tonsillitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tonsillitis

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


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Kids Definition of tonsillitis

: a sore reddened state of the tonsils


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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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