Adenoids
Masses of lymphoid tissue in the upper part of throat behind the nose.
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1. A normal collection of unencapsulated lymphoid tissue in the nasopharynx. Also called pharyngeal tonsils. 2. Common terminology for the large (normal) pharyngeal tonsils of children. [G. aden, gland, + -eidos, resemblance]

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n.
the collection of lymphatic tissue at the rear of the nose. Enlargement of the adenoids can cause obstruction to breathing through the nose and can block the Eustachian tubes, causing glue ear.

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ad·e·noids (adґə-noidz) popular name for the pharyngeal tonsils; used particularly when they are hypertrophied, which occurs primarily in preadolescents and adolescents. See also adenoidism.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • adenoids — [ad′ n oidz΄, ad′noidz΄] pl.n. growths of lymphoid tissue in the upper part of the throat, behind the nose: they can swell up, esp. during childhood, obstruct breathing and speaking, and cause chronic ear infections * * * or pharyngeal tonsils… …   Universalium

  • adenoids — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ a mass of lymphoid tissue between the back of the nose and the throat, sometimes enlarged and hindering speech or breathing in the young. DERIVATIVES adenoidal adjective. ORIGIN from Greek ad n gland …   English terms dictionary

  • adenoids — [ad′ n oidz΄, ad′noidz΄] pl.n. growths of lymphoid tissue in the upper part of the throat, behind the nose: they can swell up, esp. during childhood, obstruct breathing and speaking, and cause chronic ear infections …   English World dictionary

  • adenoids — [[t]æ̱dɪnɔɪdz[/t]] N PLURAL Adenoids are soft lumps of flesh at the back and top of a person s throat that sometimes become swollen and have to be removed …   English dictionary

  • adenoids — nasopharyngeal tonsil; n. a collection of lymphatic tissue in the nasopharynx. Enlargement of the adenoids can cause obstruction to breathing through the nose and can block the Eustachian tubes, causing glue ear …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • adenoids — ad|e|noids [ˈædınɔıdz, ˈædən ] n [plural] [Date: 1800 1900; : Greek; Origin: adenoeides, from aden gland ] the small soft pieces of flesh at the top of your throat, behind your nose, that sometimes become swollen …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • adenoids — ad|e|noids [ ædn,ɔıdz ] noun plural pieces of soft flesh between the back of your throat and your nose that sometimes become swollen and have to be removed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • adenoids — ad·e·noid || ædɪnɔɪd n. growth of lymphoid tissue located in the upper pharynx …   English contemporary dictionary

  • adenoids — [ adɪnɔɪdz] plural noun a mass of enlarged lymphatic tissue between the back of the nose and the throat. Derivatives adenoidal adjective Origin C19: adenoid from Gk adēn gland + oid …   English new terms dictionary

  • adenoids — noun (plural) the small soft pieces of flesh at the back of your throat that sometimes have to be removed because they become swollen adenoidal adjective …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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