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[kwin-zee] /ˈkwɪn zi/
noun, Pathology.
a suppurative inflammation of the tonsils; suppurative tonsillitis; tonsillar abscess.
Origin of quinsy
1300-50; Middle English quin(e)sie < Medieval Latin quinancia, Late Latin cynanchē < Greek kynánchē sore throat
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quinsied, adjective Unabridged
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inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues with the formation of abscesses
Word Origin
C14: via Old French and Medieval Latin from Greek kunankhē, from kuōn dog + ankhein to strangle
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Word Origin and History for quinsy

"severe sore throat," late 14c., qwinaci, from Old French quinancie (Modern French esquinacie), from Late Latin cynanche, from Greek kynankhe "sore throat," also "dog collar," literally "dog-choking," from kyon (genitive kynos) "dog" (see canine) + ankhein "to strangle," cognate with Latin angere (see anger (v.)).

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quinsy in Medicine

quinsy quin·sy (kwĭn'zē)
See peritonsillar abscess.

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