Quinsy definition

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Acute inflammation of the tonsils and the surrounding tissue, often leading to the formation of an abscess.
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Acute inflammation of the tonsils and the surrounding tissue, often leading to the formation of an abscess.
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(pathology) A painful pus-filled inflammation or abscess of the tonsils and surrounding tissues, usually a complication of tonsillitis, caused by bacterial infection and often accompanied by fever.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
quinsy
Plural:
quinsies

Origin of quinsy

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin quinancia Old French quinancie both from Greek kunankhē dog quinsy, dog-collar kuōn kun- dog kwon- in Indo-European roots ankhein to squeeze angh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French quinencie, from Medieval Latin quinancia, from Ancient Greek κυνάγχη (kunankhÄ“, “canine quinsy"), from κύων (kuōn, “dog") + ἄγχω (ankhō, “throttle").

    From Wiktionary