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quinsy

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noun quin·sy \ˈkwin-zē\

Definition of quinsy

plural quinsies

  1. :  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


Medical Dictionary

quinsy

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noun quin·sy \ˈkwin-zē\

Medical Definition of quinsy

plural quinsies

  1. :  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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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "quinsy" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "quinsy"


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