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Adjective: adenoid  'a-d(u),noyd
  1. Relating to or resembling lymphatic glands or lymphoid tissue
Noun: adenoid  'a-d(u),noyd
  1. A collection of lymphatic tissue in the throat behind the uvula (on the posterior wall and roof of the nasopharynx)
    "hypertrophy of the pharyngeal tonsils is called adenoids"; "enlarged adenoids may restrict the breathing of children";
    - pharyngeal tonsil, Luschka's tonsil, third tonsil, tonsilla pharyngealis, tonsilla adenoidea

Derived forms: adenoids

Type of: lymphatic tissue, lymphoid tissue

Part of: pharynx, throat

Encyclopedia: Adenoid