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peritonsillar abscess

peritonsillar abscess in Medicine

peritonsillar abscess per·i·ton·sil·lar abscess (pěr'ĭ-tŏn'sə-lər)
An abscess formed usually above and behind the tonsil, due to extension of infection beyond the tonsillar capsule. Also called quinsy.

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