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Preferred Term:

tonsils

Definition:
A round-to-oval mass of lymphoid tissue embedded in the lateral wall of the pharynx. There is one on each side of the oropharynx in the fauces between the anterior and posterior pillars of the soft palate.
Concept Schemes:
NALT Core
Broader Concept:
Entry Terms:
  • palatine tonsils
URI:
https://lod.nal.usda.gov/nalt/9351
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