Quinsy
Quinsy Quin"sy, n. [Contr. fr. squinancy, F. esquinancie, L. cynanche a sort of sore throat, Gr. ? sore throat, dog quinsy, fr. ? dog + ? to choke; cf. also L. synanche sore throat, Gr. ?. Cf. {Hound}, {Anger}, and {Cynanche}.] (Med.) An inflammation of the throat, or parts adjacent, especially of the fauces or tonsils, attended by considerable swelling, painful and impeded deglutition, and accompanied by inflammatory fever. It sometimes creates danger of suffocation; -- called also {squinancy}, and {squinzey}. [1913 Webster]

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  • quinsy — ► NOUN ▪ inflammation of the throat, especially an abscess near the tonsils. ORIGIN Greek kunankh canine quinsy , from kun dog + ankhein to strangle …   English terms dictionary

  • quinsy — (n.) severe sore throat, c.1300, qwinaci, from O.Fr. quinancie, from L.L. cynanche, from Gk. kynankhe dog strangling, originally dog collar, from kyon (gen. kynos) dog (see CANINE (Cf. canine)) + ankhein to strangle, cognate with L …   Etymology dictionary

  • quinsy — [kwin′zē] n. [ME quinaci < ML quinancia < LL cynanche < Gr kynanchē, inflammation of the throat, lit., dog choking < kyōn, dog (see HOUND1) + anchein, to choke (see ANGER)] former term for TONSILLITIS …   English World dictionary

  • quinsy — quinsied, adj. /kwin zee/, n. Pathol. a suppurative inflammation of the tonsils; suppurative tonsillitis; tonsillar abscess. [1300 50; ME quin(e)sie < ML quinancia, LL cynanche < Gk kynánche sore throat] * * * ▪ medicine       also called… …   Universalium

  • quinsy — noun /ˈkwɪnzi/ 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. , 1891: Hed had the quinsy and swollen glands …   Wiktionary

  • Quinsy — Not a TV detective but an old word for a peritonsillar abscess. Whether you call it quinsy or a peritonsillar abscess, it is a collection of pus (an abscess) behind the tonsils that pushes one of the tonsils toward the uvula (the prominent soft… …   Medical dictionary

  • quinsy — [14] Quinsy, a now virtually obsolete term for ‘sore throat’, has one of those etymologies that strain credulity to the limit. For it comes ultimately from a Greek term that meant literally ‘dog strangling’. This was kunágkhē, a compound formed… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • quinsy — [ kwɪnzi] noun inflammation of the throat, especially an abscess near the tonsils. Origin ME: from OFr. quinencie, from med. L. quinancia, from Gk kunankhē canine quinsy , from kun dog + ankhein throttle …   English new terms dictionary

  • quinsy — quin•sy [[t]ˈkwɪn zi[/t]] n. pat an abscess located between the tonsil and the pharynx accompanied by a severe sore throat and fever • Etymology: 1300–50; ME quin(e) sie < ML quinancia, LL cynanchē < Gk kynánchē sore throat, quinsy… …   From formal English to slang

  • quinsy — [14] Quinsy, a now virtually obsolete term for ‘sore throat’, has one of those etymologies that strain credulity to the limit. For it comes ultimately from a Greek term that meant literally ‘dog strangling’. This was kunágkhē, a compound formed… …   Word origins

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