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A tonsillectomy was a medical procedure in which the tonsils were removed from a patient.

Leonard McCoy had undergone this procedure sometime in the past, but his tonsils grew back. grew back. (TOS: "This Side of Paradise")

Some used this term as a metaphor for flirtatious kissing. In the holographic novel Photons Be Free, the character of Marseilles told the user of the program that other women were waiting for "tonsillectomies". (VOY: "Author, Author")

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