noun (plural -mies) Date: 1899 the surgical removal of the tonsils

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  • Tonsillectomy — Ton sil*lec to*my, n. (Surg.) The operation of removing the tonsils; formerly also called {tonsilotomy}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tonsillectomy — (n.) 1899, from TONSIL (Cf. tonsil) + ECTOMY (Cf. ectomy). A hybrid with a Greek ending. A correct formation all from Greek would be amygdalectomy …   Etymology dictionary

  • tonsillectomy — ► NOUN (pl. tonsillectomies) ▪ a surgical operation to remove the tonsils …   English terms dictionary

  • tonsillectomy — [tän΄sə lek′tə mē] n. pl. tonsillectomies [ TONSIL + ECTOMY] the surgical removal of the tonsils …   English World dictionary

  • Tonsillectomy — A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure in which the tonsils are removed. Sometimes the adenoids are removed at the same time.Reasons for tonsillectomyTonsillectomy may be indicated when the patient: * Experiences frequent bouts of acute… …   Wikipedia

  • tonsillectomy — n. to do, perform a tonsillectomy * * * [ˌtɒnsɪ lektəmɪ] perform a tonsillectomy to do …   Combinatory dictionary

  • tonsillectomy — UK [ˌtɒnsɪˈlektəmɪ] / US [ˌtɑnslˈektəmɪ] noun [countable] Word forms tonsillectomy : singular tonsillectomy plural tonsillectomies medical a medical operation to remove your tonsils …   English dictionary

  • tonsillectomy — Tonsilotomy Ton sil*ot o*my, n. (Surg.) The operation of removing the tonsils, or a portion thereof; called more commonly {tonsillectomy}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tonsillectomy — The surgical removal of both tonsils. A tonsillectomy may be performed in cases of recurrent tonsillitis, or treat sleep apnea and some speech disorders. * * * Removal of the entire tonsil. [tonsil + G. ektome, excision] * * * ton·sil·lec·to·my… …   Medical dictionary

  • tonsillectomy — /ton seuh lek teuh mee/, n., pl. tonsillectomies. Surg. the operation of excising or removing one or both tonsils. [1900 05; < L tonsill(ae) tonsils + ECTOMY] * * * …   Universalium

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