quinsy

noun
quin·​sy | \ ˈkwin-zē How to pronounce quinsy (audio) \
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

First Known Use of quinsy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Quinsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quinsy. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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quinsy

noun
quin·​sy | \ ˈkwin-zē How to pronounce quinsy (audio) \
plural quinsies

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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