adenoid


adenoid

noun

  1. Usually adenoids. an enlarged mass of lymphoid tissue in the upper pharynx, often obstructing breathing through the nasal passages.

adjective

  1. of or relating to the lymph glands.
  2. of or relating to the adenoids.

adjective

  1. of or resembling a gland
  2. of or relating to lymphoid tissue, as that found in the lymph nodes, spleen, tonsils, etc
  3. of or relating to the adenoids
adj.

1839, “gland-like,” medical Latin adenoideus, from Greek adenoeides, from aden (genitive adenos) “gland” (see inguinal) + eidos “form” (see -oid). Adenoids “adenoid growths” attested by 1862.

n.

  1. A lymphoid tissue growth located at the back of the nose in the upper part of the throat that when swollen may obstruct normal breathing and make speech difficult.
  2. adenoids Hypertrophy of the pharyngeal tonsil resulting from chronic inflammation.

adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or resembling lymphatic glands or lymphatic tissue.

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