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tonsil

noun [C usually plural] uk   /ˈtɒn.səlz/ us    /ˈtɑːn-/
one of two small, soft organs at the back of the mouth specialized medical any tissue in the body of a similar shape to the tonsils in the throat
Translations of “tonsil”
in Korean 편도선…
in Arabic لَوزة…
in French amygdale…
in Turkish bademcik…
in Italian tonsilla…
in Chinese (Traditional) 扁桃體…
in Russian миндалина…
in Polish migdałek…
in Spanish amígdala…
in Portuguese amídala…
in German die Mandel…
in Catalan amígdala…
in Japanese 扁桃(へんとう)腺…
in Chinese (Simplified) 扁桃体…
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