quinsy


quin·sy

noun \ˈkwin-zē\
plural quinsies

Definition of QUINSY

:  an abscess in the tissue around a tonsil usually resulting from bacterial infection and often accompanied by pain and fever

Origin of QUINSY

Middle English quinesie, from Anglo-French esquinauncy, quinancie, from Late Latin cynanche, from Greek kynanchē, from kyn-, kyōn dog + anchein to strangle — more at hound, anger
First Known Use: 14th century

quin·sy

noun \ˈkwin-zē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural quin·sies

Medical Definition of QUINSY

: an abscess in the connective tissue around a tonsil usually resulting from bacterial infection and often accompanied by fever, pain, and swelling—called also peritonsillar abscess

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