pharyngeal tonsil

noun

Medical Definition of pharyngeal tonsil

: a mass of lymphoid tissue at the back of the pharynx between the eustachian tubes that is usually best developed in young children, is commonly atrophied in the adult, and is markedly subject to hypertrophy and adenoid formation especially in children

called also nasopharyngeal tonsil

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