quinsy

noun

quin·​sy ˈkwin-zē How to pronounce quinsy (audio)
plural quinsies
: an abscess in the tissue around a tonsil usually resulting from bacterial infection and often accompanied by pain and fever

Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quinsy was in the 14th century

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“Quinsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quinsy. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

quinsy

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