quinsy

[ 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

Related forms

quin·sied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quinsy

quinsy

/ (ˈkwɪnzɪ) /

noun

inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues with the formation of abscesses

Word Origin for quinsy

C14: via Old French and Medieval Latin from Greek kunankhē, from kuōn dog + ankhein to strangle
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Medicine definitions for quinsy

quinsy

[ kwĭnzē ]

n.

peritonsillar abscess
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