quinsy
noun (plural quinsies) Etymology: Middle English quinesie, from Anglo-French esquinauncy, quinancie, from Late Latin cynanche, from Greek kynanchē, from kyn-, kyōn dog + anchein to strangle — more at hound, anger Date: 14th century an abscess in the tissue around a tonsil usually resulting from bacterial infection and often accompanied by pain and fever

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  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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