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Medical Term:

palatine tonsil


a large oval mass of lymphoid tissue embedded in the lateral wall of the oral pharynx on either side between the pillars of the fauces.

Synonym(s): tonsilla palatinaTA, faucial tonsil, tonsil2, tonsilla

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