- a suppurative inflammation of the tonsils; suppurative tonsillitis; tonsillar abscess.
Origin of quinsy
Examples from the Web for quinsy
Historical Examples of quinsy
Uncle Jake is subject to the quinsy and he was on the verge of it.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
Edred, the successor of Edmund I of England, died of quinsy.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
It is stimulant, diaphoretic, and expectorant; is used in quinsy, and by the native doctors of Travancore in catarrhal affections.
Alas, apart from her tendency to quinsy, it was I who was found wanting.
My mother feared that quinsy was catching; and Miss Perry had no successor.
- inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues with the formation of abscesses
Word Origin 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.)).
- peritonsillar abscess