Definition of squinancy
1 obsolete : peritonsillar abscess
2 : a European perennial herb (Asperula cynanchica) with narrowly linear whorled leaves formerly thought to cure peritonsillar abscess
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Origin and Etymology of squinancy
Middle English, quinsy, from Middle French esquinancie, squinancie, from Old French, alteration (influenced by Greek syanchē sore throat, from syn- + anchein to strangle) of quinancie quinsy, from Late Latin cynanche
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