A tonsillectomy was a medical procedure in which a patient's tonsils were removed.

Leonard McCoy had undergone this procedure sometime prior to 2267, but his tonsils grew back as a side effect of the Omicron spores. (TOS: "This Side of Paradise")

Some used this term as a metaphor for flirtatious kissing. In 2378, while playing the EMH in the holographic novel Photons Be Free, B'Elanna Torres accused Marseilles of getting her out of sickbay just so he could give her patient a tonsillectomy. (VOY: "Author, Author")

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