plural -es
obsolete : peritonsillar abscess
: a European perennial herb (Asperula cynanchica) with narrowly linear whorled leaves formerly thought to cure peritonsillar abscess

Word History


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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“Squinancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squinancy. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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