ton·​sil·​li·​tis | \ ˌtän(t)-sə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce tonsillitis (audio) \

Definition of tonsillitis

: inflammation of the tonsils

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For the visitors, Jon Guridi (muscular), Imanol Agirretxe (achilles), Aritz Elustondo (strain) and Igor Zubeldia (muscular) are all doubts, while there is a possibility Adnan Januzaj, who has been suffering from tonsillitis, could make a return., "Barcelona vs Real Sociedad Preview: Recent Form, Last Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 19 May 2018 Gertrude Whitney entered the picture when little Gloria got tonsillitis. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "Inside the Custody Battle for 10-Year-Old Heiress Gloria Vanderbilt," 30 Sep. 2016 Melton missed the season opener and went without a point in his first two games after returning from back-to-back bouts with tonsillitis and the flu. Edward Lee,, "‘Rat attack’ for Salisbury men’s lacrosse taking aim at the national championship," 26 May 2018 The germs that cause viral and bacterial tonsillitis are contagious., "Teens and their tonsils: When do they need to be out?," 1 Mar. 2018 Now it is usually performed only when bacterial tonsillitis occurs frequently, doesn’t respond to other treatments, or causes serious complications., "Teens and their tonsils: When do they need to be out?," 1 Mar. 2018 However, most cases of tonsillitis are caused by a common virus and not bacteria., "Teens and their tonsils: When do they need to be out?," 1 Mar. 2018 But in 15 to 30 percent of cases, tonsillitis is caused by bacteria, most often a certain type of streptococcus (a.k.a. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "Gabourey Sidibe Is Getting Her Tonsils Out—Here's What That's Like as an Adult," 18 Jan. 2018 According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the most common cause of tonsillitis is a viral infection, which could be anything from the common cold to the Epstein-Barr virus. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "Gabourey Sidibe Is Getting Her Tonsils Out—Here's What That's Like as an Adult," 18 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tonsillitis

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


ton·​sil·​li·​tis | \ ˌtän-sə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce tonsillitis (audio) \

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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