Adenoid definition

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Relating to or resembling a gland; glandular.
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(anatomy) Of or relating to lymphatic glands or lymphoid tissue; lymphoid.
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(anatomy) One of two folds of lymphatic tissue covered by ciliated epithelium. They are found in the roof and posterior wall of the nasopharynx at the back of the throat behind the uvula. They may obstruct normal breathing and make speech difficult when swollen, a condition often called adenitis.
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One of two masses of lymphoid tissue located at the back of the nose in the upper part of the throat that may obstruct normal breathing and make speech difficult when swollen.
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Of or relating to lymphatic glands or lymphoid tissue; lymphoid.
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Glandlike or glandular.
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Of or like lymphoid tissue.
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A mass of lymphoid tissue located at the back of the nose in the upper part of the throat, normally present only in children, that when infected and swollen can obstruct breathing.
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Of or relating to the adenoids; adenoidal.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
adenoid
Plural:
adenoids

Origin of adenoid

  • From Ancient Greek ἀδενοειδής (ἀdenoeidís), from ἀδήν (ἀdín, “gland”) and εἶδος (eἶdos, “form”).

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