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 See all Example Sentences for tonsillitis 

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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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“Tonsillitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tonsillitis. Accessed 25 Jul. 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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