adenoids PLURAL NOUN a mass of lymphoid tissue between the back of the nose and the throat, sometimes enlarged and hindering speech or breathing in the young.
DERIVATIVES adenoidal adjective.
ORIGIN from Greek adn 'gland' .

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  • adenoidal — (adj.) 1852, from adenoids (see ADENOID (Cf. adenoid)) + AL (Cf. al) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • adenoidal — [ad΄ n oid′ l, ad noid′ l] adj. 1. adenoid 2. having adenoids 3. having the characteristic difficult breathing or nasal tone that results from enlarged adenoids …   English World dictionary

  • adenoidal — ad|e|noid|al [ˌædıˈnɔıdl, ˌædənˈɔıdl] adj an adenoidal voice is unpleasant and sounds as if it comes mainly through someone s nose = ↑nasal ▪ her adenoidal singing voice …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Adenoidal — Adenoid Ad e*noid, Adenoidal Ad e*noid ala. Glandlike; glandular. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adenoidal — adjective Date: 1919 exhibiting the characteristics (as snoring, mouth breathing, and voice nasality) of one affected with abnormally enlarged adenoids ; adenoid < an adenoidal tenor > not usually used technically …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • adenoidal — /ad n oyd l/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the adenoids; adenoid. 2. having the adenoids enlarged, esp. to a degree that interferes with normal breathing. 3. being characteristically pinched and nasal in tone quality: a high pitched, adenoidal… …   Universalium

  • adenoidal — ad|e|noi|dal [ ,ædn ɔıdl ] adjective 1. ) if someone s voice is adenoidal, some of the sound seems to come through their nose 2. ) relating to your adenoids …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • adenoidal — UK [ˌædɪˈnɔɪd(ə)l] / US [ˌæd(ə)nˈɔɪd(ə)l] adjective 1) if someone s voice is adenoidal, some of the sound seems to come through their nose 2) relating to your adenoids …   English dictionary

  • adenoidal — /ædəˈnɔɪdl/ (say aduh noydl) adjective 1. of or relating to the adenoids: adenoidal enlargement. 2. breathing noisily through the mouth in the manner of someone with enlarged adenoids. 3. a. (of a voice) perceived as resembling that of a person… …  

  • adenoidal pinched nasal — high pitched high pitched adj. 1. high in pitch or frequency; used of sounds and voices. Opposite of {low}. [Narrower terms: {adenoidal, pinched, nasal}; {altissimo}; {alto}; {countertenor, alto}; {falsetto}; {peaky, spiky}; {piping}; {shrill,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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